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Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.

Dental Inlays:

An inlay is a custom made filling made of white composite material, gold, or tooth-coloured porcelain. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.

Dental inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage lying within their indented top surfaces, between the cusps of the teeth. They can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. They are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed.

As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement, but they are highly durable and will last many years.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

• Broken or fractured tooth

• Cosmetic enhancement

• Decayed teeth

• Fractured fillings

• Large fillings

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