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Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns that offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. From both an aesthetic and functional point of view, the inlay and onlay tooth resorations can be a very effective solution to a number of dental maladies. Inlays and onlays consist of a solid substance fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place – with an onlay, though, the filling extends to replace a cusp.
Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay as well as to repair similar structural damage. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to a damaged tooth. At Woodland Park Dentistry, patients who receive inlays and onlays enjoy conservative porcelain restorations that provide a natural looking, beautiful substitute for unsightly silver mercury fillings.