An inlay can seal a larger cavity in the centre of a tooth, whereas an onlay restores the chewing surface of a tooth that has broken down on the corners or “cusps.” Both provide a strong and long-lasting solution to tooth decay issues.
Another benefit of inlays and onlays is that they preserve the healthy tooth structure. The fit allows for easy cleaning, and onlays are also good for sealing cavities between the teeth.
Your dentist will first prepare the decayed tooth and take an impression or a scan of it. They send this impression to a dental laboratory where a technician manufactures your inlay or onlay. Your dentist will then bond the finished product to your tooth.
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