A dental inlay or onlay is like a very large dental filling, used to strengthen and repair decayed, cracked or fractured rear teeth.
An inlay (as its name suggests) is applied in a tooth; an onlay is placed on a tooth.
Made in a Dental Laboratory
The difference between these and fillings is that inlays and onlays are crafted in a dental laboratory, just like crowns.
In a case where more than half the grinding surface of a molar needs to be filled or repaired, an inlay or onlay may be a better choice than a filling – stronger and longer-lasting. They are generally used when more than a filling, but less than a crown, is needed.
Here at Tribeca Dental Care, the material used for inlays and onlays is either gold or ceramic. Gold has the advantage of strength. Ceramic has the advantage of being tooth-colored.
For all your dental questions, call for a Free Consultation. Dr. Dorfman and her staff will be glad to explain everything more fully.