Inlays/Onlays are recommended in situations where due to a lack of remaining natural tooth structure a regular filling is no longer an option. They can also be a conservative alternative to a full coverage crown. Being both functional and cosmetic, they offer a stronger and longer lasting solution to tooth structure that has been lost due to decay or damage. Depending on your particular needs, inlays/onlays can be made from resin materials, porcelain or gold.
The procedure itself is typically completed over two dental visits.
At the first visit, the decayed or damaged tooth is prepared and an impression is taken. You will be sent home with a temporary restoration to protect your tooth while a dental laboratory fabricates your new inlay/onlay.
At your second visit, your final restoration is cemented or bonded to the surface of your remaining tooth structure. Your dentist will check your bite, all contacts and margins of your new inlay/onlay to ensure a successful fit.