Inlays and Onlays are often referred to as Partial Crowns.
They are used to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape and prevent further damage.
Inlays and Onlays use the existing tooth as a base and are carefully fitted onto and over the tooth. An inlay is used when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and can be successfully placed on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mould of the tooth is then taken and sent to our dental laboratory. The lab creates a ‘restoration’ made from either porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make so a temporary inlay or on-lay will be placed on the tooth for that time.