Pros and Cons of Inlays and Onlays

Two women hugging and smilingAlso known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays have restorative powers that direct fillings don’t always provide. Typically, they’re used on teeth that fall somewhere between too damaged for a traditional filling, and not damaged enough for a crown.

Inlays and onlays are versatile and responsive. But like every other aspect of dentistry, they have their pros and cons. Here is a short list:


Inlays and onlays can increase tooth strength by as much as 75 percent. Contrast that with metal fillings, which can actually decrease tooth strength by 50 percent.

These fillings are tough and durable, made from the hardest materials on earth. They also come in more color shadings than traditional fillings, so it’s easier to match tooth by tooth.

Obviously, inlays bond with the inner pieces of the teeth. Outlays solidify the outside by replacing any missing or compromised cusps.


Since this service is more personalized, you can expect to pay more. The curated nature of inlays and onlays, which are made in the lab, also means you have to schedule a second appointment after the initial consult and fitting.

Ask our dentist in Beverly Hills for more about inlays and onlays.


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