Inlays and onlays have been around for quite a while, but with advancing technology they are becoming more popular. Nowadays they are considered to be the best alternative to amalgam fillings when there is more than 40% to 60% of tooth loss. They are used in back molars, where we need more strength to bear the chewing forces.
Basically, inlays and onlays are another type of filling which is made in the lab, so it takes two visits to finish the treatment.
- Look very natural, so highly aesthetic
- Strong and durable
- More conservative than crowns
- More cost-effective than crown
When the size of the cavity is big (more than 40% of the total tooth size) or a back molar is broken, we discuss options of contemporary white (composite) plastic fillings and white porcelain (ceramic) fillings. Because plastic fillings are not designed to accept major load on them, porcelain onlays are superior in terms of strength and durability.