The Less Invasive Solution To A Crown

Dental inlays and onlays are a less invasive approach to tooth restoration than full crowns.

They are used to repair rear teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay or cracked teeth where the damage does not warrant a dental crown.

Porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes gold are used to create inlays and onlays. Inlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth, while onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.





What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?


Natural look

Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to metal fillings.


Great fit

Inlays and onlays will not expand or contract based on temperature like metal fillings.


Longevity

Inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, when properly placed and maintained.


Minimal tooth structure removed

Inlays and onlays require the minimal removal of a tooth’s surface, helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.




How We Do It

Typically, two visits are required for the placements of inlays and onlays.

On the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a lab to create the permanent inlay or onlay. Before you leave, he will fit your tooth with a temporary inlay / onlay to keep the tooth protected between visits.

At your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary protective material and fit your tooth with the permanent inlay or onlay received from the lab.

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