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 or Amalgam fillings, Inlays and Onlays Inlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay.
Dr. Kopel speaks about the inlays and onlays we used to restore a damaged tooth. Today we use porcelain instead of gold because porcelain onlays rely only on bond strength.
Ceramic Inlays and Onlays. An inlay or onlay is a type of material which is placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth and are seen as a good alternative to a crown. They are made from a variety of materials such as gold or ceramic and cover the top surface of a tooth.
Gold vs. Porcelain Onlays. An onlay is a restoration that does just that and is recommended instead of a crown procedure which requires drilling down all aspects of the tooth. One of the golden rules of dentistry is to preserve tooth structure when restoring a broken or decayed tooth.