Inlays/Onlays (Partial Crowns)

Inlays and onlays are restorations that can be utilized when there remains a healthy enamel portion of the tooth.   Inlays are used when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and it is placed within these cusps.  It is wider than a regular filling.  An onlay is used when there is more extensive damage to the area and the restoration is placed over at least one of the cusps.

Inlays and onlays are custom-made and generally require 2 visits.  The dentist will remove any decay, prepare the tooth and take an impression that will be sent to a professional laboratory for fabrication.  You will be given a temporary restoration that will look and function naturally while the permanent one is being made. When completed the permanent restoration will be inserted and a proper fit will be ensured before it is cemented leaving you with the most natural and beautifully restored smile. Inlays and onlays are very durable and, if the teeth are properly cared for, will last many years.

Inlays:

Inlays are used for the same reasons as composite fillings and are the recommended treatment if the filling size is very large.

Inlays can be are made with composite, porcelain or gold. Together we can determine which option best suits your needs.  An inlay is an ideal alternative to a filling as the materials used are stronger and more durable therefore lasting longer.

Onlays:

An onlay is sometimes referred to as a partial crown.  It is an ideal alternative to a crown because it is more conservative as less natural tooth structure has to be removed in the preparation process.  In many cases the CEREC one-appointment crown is a great alternative and can save you time.

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