Inlays and Onlays longevity. They used as indirect fillings and offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay. Inlays and Onlays are not likely to discolor over time as tooth-colored resin fillings often do. Inlays and Onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, to ensure functional longevity.
Restoring Tooth Structure. Over the years dentistry made many advancements in the conservation of the tooth structure when performing restorations. Maintaining tooth structure increases the prognosis of the tooth if the restoration should fail in the future. If the restoration should fail, a second restoration would not be possible if there is not adequate tooth structure to support it.
Gold and Porcelain Onlays. Dr. Kopel explains how dentists restore a damaged tooth using inlays and onlays. Today dentists use porcelain instead of gold because porcelain onlays rely only on bond strength.
Ceramic Inlays and Onlays. An inlay or onlay is a type of material which is placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth. They are made from a variety of materials such as gold or ceramic and cover the top surface of a tooth.
Gold Onlays and Porcelain Onlays. An onlay is a restoration material that is recommended instead of a crown procedure. Today we use porcelain instead of gold. Porcelain onlays rely only on bond strength in the same way the space shuttles heat shield tiles are glued or bonded in place.