Like a crown, a porcelain inlay or onlay is used when a tooth has become so damaged that a standard filling would be unsuitable. Inlays and onlays differ from a crown or a filling though. Crowns cover the entire tooth, and a filling patches spaces together. Inlays and onlays are solid milled porcelain and can replace whole cusps and biting surfaces of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays are designed to match the bite strength and feel of your natural teeth. Unlike fillings, which leave a tooth slightly weakened, an Inlay or onlay restores teeth to their original toughness. As an added bonus porcelain inlays and onlays match tooth color, so the restoration looks natural and healthy. With proper care, porcelain inlays and onlays can last for many years.
Dr. Tobias can provide an inlay or onlay in a single visit using the CEREC system.