Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Also known as “lab made fillings,” porcelain inlays and onlays offer a common middle-ground between small white fillings and full coverage dental crowns. Made in a lab, these restorations offer the added integrity of a larger restoration, while still maximizing the integrity of your healthy tooth structure. As such, they’re preferred for less invasive treatments while still enhancing the way your smile looks.
Do I Need an Inlay/Onlay?
To first understand if you need an inlay or onlay, you need to know if your tooth is past the point of repair with a filling. A few examples might include:
- A large cavity that extends onto multiple tooth surfaces
- Fractures or cracks in the tooth
- Large, old metal fillings that need to be removed
- Leaky restorations that require removing additional tooth structure