If tooth decay is more advanced, you may not have enough of the tooth left to support a filling. If this is the case, but you don’t need a crown, our dentists at Dental Health Associates can restore your tooth with a porcelain dental inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays cover more of the tooth’s surface than a filling does, and it will take two visits to complete them.
The difference between the two is how much of the tooth each one covers. An inlay covers the top of your tooth up to the cusps (the rounded edges on the top of your tooth). An onlay is used to cover more of the tooth and extends beyond the cusps. Like white fillings, they look completely natural and no different from your other teeth.