Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Restoring Teeth. Beautifully.

Inlays & Onlays

An inlay or onlay is a much more conservative restoration for the tooth than a metal filling. While traditional fillings can reduce tooth strength up to 50 percent, inlays and onlays made of high-strength porcelain or ceramic can actually increase tooth strength by up to 75 percent, lasting from 10 to 30 years.

What are inlays?

Inlays are used to restore inside the cusps of the tooth. They are made of strong, long-lasting and natural-looking materials, such as porcelain, ceramic or composite resin, and are invisible in the smile.

What are onlays?

Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore inside the cusp and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. They can also be used as a crown or cap. Because of their size, onlays are made of strong material, usually porcelain. An onlay can often be used to repair only the damaged portion of the tooth, leaving much more of the original tooth structure intact.