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Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They are also known as “indirect fillings” because they are fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth surface.

Inlays are used to repair cavities or damage to the chewing surface of a tooth that is too large for a traditional filling but does not require a full crown. They are typically made of porcelain, composite resin, or gold and are custom-made to fit the precise shape and size of the cavity.

Onlays, on the other hand, are used to repair larger areas of damage or decay that extend to one or more of the tooth’s cusps (the raised points on the biting surface of a tooth). They cover a larger portion of the tooth than inlays and can be used to replace one or more cusps.

Both inlays and onlays are typically more durable and longer-lasting than traditional fillings, and can help to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage or decay. They also provide a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal fillings.

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The process of getting an inlay or onlay typically involves two dental appointments. During the first appointment, the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed and an impression is taken of the tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab where the inlay or onlay is custom-made to fit the tooth. In the second appointment, the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth with a strong dental adhesive.

Overall, inlays and onlays are a great option for patients who need a more extensive restoration than a traditional filling, but do not require a full crown. They are durable, long-lasting, and can help to restore the function and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth.

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