by Dr. Nadia Abazarnia
Inlays and Onlays also known as indirect fillings, offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay or similar damage. Unlike direct restorations such as composite resin (tooth color) or Amalgam (metal) fillings, Inlays and Onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthens it. After the procedure, the tooth can bear up to 50 to 75 percent more chewing force.
Inlays and Onlays are not likely to discolor over time as tooth-colored resin fillings often do. Inlays and Onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, to ensure functional longevity.
Composite fillings can shrink during the curing process, whereas prefabricated porcelain Onlays will not (ensuring a precise fit). Inlays and Onlays are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria; they are easy to clean, will not stain and offer exceptional longevity.
Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay. The superior fit and durable material make inlays and onlays a great choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.