When the cavity or lost tooth structure is too big to be mended by a simple filling, an onlay or inlay may be used.
Crows and inlays have very similar fabrication processes and after the process is finished, it is bonded or cemented to the tooth.
Inlays are versatile in the fact that they can be made out of so many different materials, including porcelain, gold and composite resins. These cosmetic alternatives are much stronger when you compare them with regular white fillings. Gold inlays and onlays can be a great alternative for folks but their appearance does make them less popular.
When you come in, we’ll sit down with you and go over your x-rays and other records to determine whether an inlay or onlay shall be performed. Or if either is even needed at all.
As far as price range, if you’ve ever had a crown then you should expect comparable costs. This is because the process in which both appliances are made is very similar. One great thing is that when you choose to go with an inlay or onlay, you may also pay less in the long run when compared to traditional filling.
If you have any questions about inlays or onlays don’t hesitate to give us a call today!