What are inlays and onlays exactly? These are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth, and when the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit, the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your renewed tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.
Are inlays and onlays right for you? There’s only one way to find out—call The Hills Dental to set up an appointment today. We specialize in all kinds of tooth restoration treatments, and we’ll know what procedure is best for you!