When the chewing surfaces of back teeth are damaged due to decay, breaks, fractures, or have old fillings that need to be replaced, an inlay or onlay is often the recommended restoration. Inlays and onlays typically require less of the natural tooth to be removed, making them an ideal alternative to crowns.
An onlay is used to repair a tooth when the chewing cusps have been affected. An inlay does not “spill over” the outer edge of the tooth. An Inlay/Onlay can be made of
- Composite material which is gentle to opposing teeth but prone to more wear and discoloration
- Tooth-colored porcelain is the most natural-looking and it wears well over time
- On occasion, it may be decided that a gold inlay/onlay is necessary as it is the strongest restorative option.
After evaluating the damaged tooth, BMC Family Dentistry will help you make the best decision for your budget and your smile.