What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, are so called because a full crown is not needed to restore the damage or decay that has affected the tooth. This service is for cases in which a tooth has decay, but the decay has not destroyed all of the healthy enamel of the tooth. The inlay or onlay acts as the missing part of the tooth and is fitted and placed to complete the naturally-grown tooth.
Why do I need an Inlay or Onlay?
Typically, inlays are used when minimal damage or decay has occurred, and onlays are required when the damage or decay becomes more significant.
Will they last?
The material that is used to fill the damaged or decayed area can be made to appear like natural teeth. This way, your tooth will look and feel like no damage or decay ever existed. Inlays and onlays are made to last many years. If they become damaged, however, we offer solutions to restore them so you can enjoy a fully functional smile. For more information about this service, please give us a call so we can discuss with you your best treatment options.