Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. Inlays and onlays are durable — they’re made from tough, hard-wearing materials which last up to 30 years.
Ideal candidates regularly have too much damage or decay in the teeth structure to be treated with a filling, but the remaining teeth are sufficiently healthy to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original structure.
Some benefits consist of:
- Helps strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent, unlike traditional metal fillings which can actually reduce the strength of the teeth by up to 50 percent.
- Inlays and onlays prolong teeth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.
- Inlays and onlays are more resistant to stains and tooth discolorations than the materials used in dental fillings and crowns
- Because inlays and onlays offer a custom fit, they are easier to clean and bacteria are less likely to enter the affected area after treatment.