Dental inlays and onlays are very similar to a dental filling or tooth crown. These restorations are used for teeth that have wear, decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of durable materials such as resin, porcelain and/or gold.
Inlay vs. Onlay
The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth.
A dental inlay is more similar to a filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth. A dental onlay can be thought of as a partial crown, providing more coverage to the tooth.
About the Procedure
The process for inlays and onlays usually requires two visits. The first visit involves the examination and tooth preparation. Dr Hoard will take impressions used to create a model for the permanent restoration. In most cases, Dr. Hoard will place a temporary inlay or onlay on the tooth to provide protection in between visits. In about 2 weeks, you will return for the final visit, where the permanent restoration will be bonded to the tooth.