Contrary to popular belief, all dental repairs do not require an extreme makeover. In many cases, dental inlay and onlay procedures remedy less serious dental issues including the repair of mild to moderately decayed teeth, as well as fractured or cracked teeth that do not warrant crowns.
Dental inlays and onlays used in tooth restoration are made from tooth-colored material to ensure natural-looking results. Dental inlays and onlays are also used to assist in tooth restoration by acting as tooth-colored fillings to replace old metal amalgam fillings. An attractive alternative to metal fillings, dental inlays and onlays continue to be in demand among patients.
Inlays and onlays are typically made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Porcelain is the most popular because it resembles the natural color of teeth. A dental inlay is an indirect restoration that is fitted to fill a cavity and cemented into place. Unlike the dental inlay, the dental onlay requires more work. Onlays are traditionally used when tooth reconstruction is required. Opting for an onlay instead of a crown means more of the tooth’s structure remains intact.
At Sage Dental, our team of restorative dentists is well-versed in performing high-quality tooth restoration services. We offer affordable dental inlay and onlay procedures to our patients.