More conservative than a dental crown, inlays and onlays are two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other dental damage. Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings because, unlike a standard filling that is done in our office, both are made in our Digital Dental Laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth in a second visit.
With our state of the art Cad-Cam Techology and Intra Oral Scanner, we can provide you a more precise and efficient procedure, achieving better results. An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.
Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but instead, strengthens it. After the procedure, the tooth can bear up to 50%+ to 75%+ more chewing force.