Inlay&onlay restorations are custom made materials made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain,zirconia,etc. that are made by a professional dental laboratory .They look like very similar to the natural tooth and are permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Inlays&onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. They are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed for the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, they are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years for good function and aesthetic.
Reasons for inlay&onlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.