The beauty of onlays is that Dr. Chellis can remove only the part of the tooth that is bad and then make a custom piece of porcelain any size and shape, that fits like a jigsaw puzzle piece into the tooth, preserving the good parts of the tooth.
What is an Onlay or Inlay
The restoration is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth. Conversely, the restoration is called an “onlay” when the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more cusps (points or hills) of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface.
Inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
There are multiple benefits of onlays and inlays. Call Dr Kari Chellis at Smile Secrets in West Seattle to set an appointment so we can discuss the options you have for creating a beautiful smile.