What are inlays and onlays?
We use inlays and onlays made of porcelain or composite resin fabricated by a dental laboratory. These pieces are bonded to the area of the tooth that has been removed due to damage. Inlays, similar to a filling, are used inside the cusp tips of a tooth. Onlays are a more substantial reconstruction, extending out over one or more of the cusps of a tooth.
While traditional fillings can reduce tooth strength by up to 50%, inlays and onlays made of high strength resins can actually increase tooth strength by up to 75%.
These restorations usually take two appointments in our Newport Beach office.