Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns because they can be placed over an existing tooth to prevent further damage. Inlays and onlays are used to strengthen a damaged tooth, restore its shape and prevent further decay.
Inlays are used when there is no damage to the cusp of the tooth. The inlay is placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when there is more extensive damage to a tooth.
Placing an inlay or onlay on a tooth begins by removing the decayed area of the tooth. A mold is prepared and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. The restoration is created from porcelain, gold or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2 to 3 weeks to create so a temporary inlay or onlay will be made for the patient until the permanent version is ready.
The permanent inlay or onlay will be placed and set with an adhesive cement and your tooth will regain its natural look.