Inlay and Onlay Fillings
Dental inlays and onlays are a great way to replace old fillings.
When large fillings become discolored or develop cavity around the margins they need to be removed or replaced. An inlay is an indirect filling made of gold, porcelain or composite resin, made in a lab, then fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. An onlay is the same as an inlay but bigger because it covers a tooth cusp.
Inlays and onlays take two appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the filling is removed and cavity is prepared, an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab. The tooth is restored with a temporary filling until the second appointment, when it is replaced with the inlay made by the lab.