Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are also known as partial crowns.  The existing tooth is used as a base and the inlay or onlay is then fit onto the tooth.  This will result in the tooth being strengthened and to avoid any additional damage.  If there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth, an inlay can be used and placed directly on the tooth.  If there is significant damage, an onlay will be used.

Removing the decayed area of the tooth is the first thing to be done.  A mold is taken and then sent to a lab to create a restoration.  It can be made of porcelain, gold or composite resin.  This process generally takes between two and three weeks to complete.  During that time, a temporary inlay or onlay will be used.  Once the restoration is made, it will be placed into your mouth and set with cement.  You’ll have a natural looking tooth and no one will know the difference.

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