If you have a cavity and need a filling, but worry about mercury amalgam fillings, we have the answer for you. Porcelain inlays and onlays are a natural looking alternative to amalgam fillings. Beautiful and durable, they are formed to fit and fill most types of cavities and are almost impossible to distinguish from the natural tooth.Mercury containing metal fillings are a thing of the past. They present health concerns as well as contribute to cracked teeth as they are forced into the tooth. Inlays and onlays are custom made in a laboratory and bonded to the surface of the damaged tooth. Because the repair is placed on the tooth, not forced into it, the tooth is not weakened or susceptible to the expansions and contractions that metal fillings can cause. This innovative approach makes it possible to make a stronger repair – able to withstand up to 75 percent more chewing force than traditional fillings – while removing less of your natural tooth.An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface, an onlay will be used. Both inlays and onlays may require more than one visit. You’ll be surprised at how good this type of restoration looks and feels. It is virtually indistinguishable from your own teeth and will last through years of normal use. Eat and drink what you’d like with no fear of the kind of chipping, cracking or even drop-out regularly experienced with metal amalgam fillings. If you already have mercury amalgam fillings or repairs, and are concerned about the health risks or tired of how dark and old metal fillings can make your smile look, inlays and onlays may be a solution for you. We can safely remove them and replace them with a beautiful, healthy, and natural looking inlay or onlay.