What are Inlays and Onlays?

Some patients and dentists refer to inlays and onlays as partial crowns. Whatever you may call them, they are placed directly onto an existing tooth as a foundation. They can be used to strength a weak tooth, restore a damaged tooth, or protect a tooth from further damage.

What Are the Different Uses?

An inlay is typically placed when the damage to the tooth is minimal. If there is no damage to the cusp of the tooth, an inlay is able to be placed directly on the tooth. An onlay is the necessary option if there is more extensive damage and the cusp has been damaged.

What is the Process for Inlays and Onlays?

The first step in this treatment is for the dentist to remove the decayed or damaged section of the tooth. Once that section is removed, a mold of the tooth is created. The dental lab will use this mold to create a restoration from one of several materials. During the 2-3 week waiting period for this restoration, the dentist will place a temporary inlay or onlay. On your second visit, the dentist will place the custom-fabricated inlay or onlay onto the affected tooth and seal it on with a special cement. You will enjoy the benefit of a natural-looking tooth that blends in with the rest of your natural-looking teeth.