Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays are restorative dentistry procedures that repair mildly to moderately decayed or fractured rear teeth. They are used to repair teeth with minor cracks and fractures that are not severe enough to require a full coverage dental crown, dental implant or veneers. Inlays and onlays are commonly made from porcelain but can also be made from resin and in some cases, gold. They can be formed from tooth colored materials and are often used to replace metal fillings. Inlays are usually placed on teeth with damage or decay on the top surface. Placement of inlays is usually completed in two visits. Onlays are used in a similar fashion as inlays. The difference is that onlays are used to treat damage or decay that extends to one or more cusp.