While composite white fillings are an excellent option for cavities, inlays and onlays may be recommended when decay is more extensive – but not bad enough to require a crown.
An inlay is used when the cavity is too large for simple filling, it covers the area between the cusps of the tooth. An inlay is created in a dental lab and is a single solid piece to fill the cavity. It is secured to the tooth using dental cement.
The inlay is made to blend with your existing tooth colour making them barely noticeable and aesthetically pleasing.
An onlay is single-tooth restoration options used for filling a larger area of decay where an inlay would not work. The onlay covers the cusp of the tooth while inlays fills the area between the cusps.
The onlay is also created in a dental lab and matched to blend in with your existing tooth colour providing you with the best possible aesthetic.