Charging Out Inlays as Onlays?

Dr. T. asks:
I just hired a new dental assistant from an office that does a great deal more all-ceramic restorations. She told me that some of the ceramic inlays that I do should really be charged out as onlays. I only charge for an onlay if I shoe at least one entire cusp. She told me that all I have to do is cover part of one cusp and then the restoration is considered an onlay. Is this true? Have I been underbilling all these years?

One thought on “Charging Out Inlays as Onlays?

  1. your deffinition of onlay is the traditional metal one, I would say that is the standard. But you can get to do very big and complex inlays and for me that is an onlay too.

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