Inlays and Onlays

Some options for restorations include dental inlays and onlays.  Inlays and onlays are a great alternative to a filling or when the coverage of a full crown is not needed.

These types of restorations are actually a portion of a dental crown or cap. As a matter of fact, inlay restorations are similar to a filling except they are fabricated by a laboratory and bonded or cemented into place.  Onlay restorations are slightly larger than inlays except they reach over, and strengthening, the cusps of a tooth.

Similar to dental veneers, inlays and onlays are conservative restorations. Their only drawback is that a tooth requires a temporary restoration is placed while the lab fabricates the final restoration. Many people find that gold in these types of restorations provide the most longevity while conserving tooth structure.
If gold is not a preference,  inlays and onlays can be fabricated though a laboratory process with porcelain or bonded materials depending upon the situation.

Dr. Lobato and his staff are happy to explain these options as restorations after an evaluation to determine if either restoration is an option for you. Call our office for more details!