Inlays, onlays, and porcelain crowns are known as indirect restorations because they are fabricated outside of the mouth. This is instead of building it in layers directly into the teeth.

Firstly, the dentist takes impressions of the teeth. Then the restoration will be shaped to match the part of the tooth it will replace. And in conclusion, will be attached with dental cement.

An indirect restoration is an inlay if it covers part of a tooth, without extending to a cusp (pointed tip of tooth). It is an onlay if it extends to replace a tooth’s cusp. Lastly, if it can cover the top surface of the tooth, it is known as a crown or cap.

Inlays, onlays, and porcelain crowns are more effective than fillings in reinforcing teeth to withstand biting forces, and more resistant to further decay. If a tooth’s original structure cannot support a filling, these indirect restorations can provide fantastic, long-lasting, beautiful results.

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