More conservative than a crown, inlays and onlays are methods of restoring tooth structure after decay or other damage that is too great to repair with a regular filling. Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings because unlike standard fillings that are done in our office directly on the tooth; both are made in a laboratory and then bonded to the surface of the tooth during a subsequent visit. Inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure like a regular filling but actually strengthen it.
An inlay is recommended when the damage being repaired is completely within the cusp tips of the tooth. For more extensive damage that involves more tooth surface including at least one of the tooth cusps, an onlay is used. After your inlay or onlay is bonded, your tooth will look natural and function as it did previously.
For more information about inlays and onlays and to determine if they are the right restoration for you, call us today at (512) 668-9468 to make an appointment.