What Are Dental Inlays And Onlays?
In dentistry, onlays and inlays are regarded as “Indirect Fillings” meaning that they are “fillings” fabricated outside the mouth at a lab as a solid piece that will fit in a particular cavity.
Onlays and Inlays are used in premolars or molars, when the tooth has experienced excess damage to support a simple filling, but not too much damage that a crown will be needed.
The difference between dental inlays and onlays is the amount and part of the tooth they cover.
· An onlay will cover a larger area than an inlay that usually includes one or more cusps of the tooth
· An inlay only covers the region between the cusps.
Inlays and Onlays are made from modern dental ceramic materials or resin composite that replace missing tooth structure minimally invasive, restoring the aesthetic and functional value of the patient.