An inlay is similar to a filling
but it lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth. An onlay is larger than an inlay - it covers one or more cusps.
Inlays or onlays can be made of gold, composite resin (plastic) or ceramics. They can last for decades. How long they last depends on:
- The material used
- The teeth involved
- The forces of chewing
- How well the patient maintains them with good oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist and hygienist.
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