Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are restorations made in a lab that are placed on teeth when the cavity or lost tooth structure is too significant to be restored merely with a standard dental filling. The process of making an inlay is very similar to that of making a crown. After the tooth is prepared, we send an impression to the lab to create your restoration. Then you return to the office where the inlay is cemented or bonded to the tooth.
Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings and are very strong compared to regular white fillings.
There are different materials that inlays are made of, including gold, porcelain, and composite resins. Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings and are very strong compared to regular white fillings. Gold inlays and onlays are also suitable alternatives, but their appearance makes them less popular.
Dr. Cadigan will explain your options and whether inlays and onlays are a suitable solution to make your smile beautiful. Inlays and onlays can usually replace back teeth fillings and are sometimes cosmetically preferred over conventional fillings.
The cost of making an inlay or onlay is similar to that of a crown. But because they last so long, the overall cost amortized over time is usually lower than traditional fillings.