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University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Patient Care

Porcelain Inlays and Onlyas

When teeth in the back of the mouth suffer decay, inlays and onlays can be used to fill them. Sculpted to ensure a precise fit, inlays fill cavities and restore strength to damaged teeth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering the entire top surface of the tooth.

Onlays are most often used when the extent of tooth decay makes inlays and regular fillings unsuitable treatment options, but the decay or damage is not sufficient enough to require porcelain crowns. Both inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored material so that your results will be both durable and natural-looking. These restorations are ultimately bonded to the tooth, thus strengthening the tooth.