An inlay is similar to a dental filling and is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay and overlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Porcelain inlays mimic enamel's translucency and color, making them attractive choices for patients. Gold alloy inlays and onlays possess greater durability and have better resistance to tarnishing and corrosion.
Benefits of Dental Inlay and Onlay:
- Increase the strength of a tooth with respect to dental fillings
- Alternatives to an entire crown when teeth damage is not extensive
- Porcelain inlays / onlays / overlays do not change color over time
Onlays and Inlays
Inlays are used inside the cusp tips of the tooth
Onlays extend out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth