Gold has been used as a restorative material in dentistry for many decades. Its strength, flexibility, durability, safety, and beauty make it a cost-wise choice.

Dental restorations made with gold can last for twenty, thirty and even forty years. Gold inlays and onlays are bonded into place to reinforce your tooth from every angle. Strong and flexible, gold expands and contracts at the same rate as your natural teeth and it doesn’t darken or stain over time.

When appearance isn’t an issue gold is a good choice. For front teeth and visible teeth when you smile porcelain, dental bonding, porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns are a better option.

Inlay vs. Onlay

The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth.

  • A dental inlay is most like a tooth filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth.
  • An onlay, also called a partial crown, covers more of the biting surface.

About the Procedure

In our office, dental inlays and onlays typically require two visits. The first appointment will involve the dentist examination and preparation of the tooth. Our doctors will take an impression of your tooth to create a model for the permanent restoration.

Our doctors may place a temporary inlay or onlay on your tooth to provide protection in between visits. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return for the final visit, where the permanent restoration will be bonded to the tooth.