Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. These partial crowns are utilized when there is still a healthy enamel portion of the tooth. An inlay or onlay is a like a puzzle piece that will be fitted into the remaining portion of the tooth to help increase its strength. This piece is usually crafted out of porcelain or gold, but can also be made of a composite material. We will make the determination as to which restoration will work best in your specific situation.
An inlay is used when there is not damage to any of the cusps of your tooth and is essentially placed within these cusps. An onlay is used when there is slightly more extensive damage to the tooth structure. This type of restoration is placed over at least one of the cusps on the tooth.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an image of the tooth. This image will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted from compressed porcelain using CEREC technology. The CEREC precision milling process saves time, and makes it likely that you will have your inlay or onlay procedure completed in only one visit, minimizing your discomfort and your time away from your daily life. The installation of your inlay or onlay should take just a few minutes, and you’ll be on your way.