Inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration that is somewhere between a dental filling and a crown. When a patient has a cavity, it is necessary to remove the decayed portion of the tooth before restoring it. Sometimes so much of the tooth has suffered decay that a dental filling will not provide the tooth with enough strength to survive, but fitting the tooth with a crown is seen as too extreme of a measure. This is when inlays or onlays are used. An inlay is bonded with the inner portion of the tooth, whereas an onlay is used to cover the outer surface of the tooth. These restorations have some pros and cons.
A major pro of inlays and onlays is that they offer the teeth much more protection than a dental filling. These types of restorations also tend to last longer than dental fillings. These restorations can be made from gold, resin, or porcelain. The resin and porcelain options can be made to match the color of each individual tooth.
A con that is associated with inlays and onlays is that they are more expensive than dental fillings. The other issue that some people have with them is that they require two visits to the dentist in order to be placed. The reason for this is because inlays and onlays need to be designed in a lab before they can be bonded to your teeth.
If you think you may have developed a cavity, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills to schedule an appointment.