Onlays and inlays are essentially indirect dental fillings that are made up of solid materials such as ceramics, gold, or composite resin that can be fitted and bonded into place, typically to restore a cavity. At Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s dental office in Palm Beach, Florida, onlays and inlays are differentiated based on the coverage it provides the tooth or teeth. An inlay is similar to a dental filling. It only rests on the grooves and bumps of the chewing surface of each tooth and in between the cusps.
An onlay extends over the chewing surfaces and goes over the cusps, or raised portions of the tooth. In fact, dental crowns are just onlays that completely covers the surface of a tooth. Onlays and inlays are indirect dental restorations that reinforce an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown.
Depending on the severity of the condition, the dentist may have the option to use indirect onlays and inlays.
Here in Palm Beach, Florida, we offer the highest quality porcelain inlays and onlays, crafted by our technician to the perfect color, shape and fit. If you are interested, please call or visit us today for a personal consultation.