Inlays & Onlays

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Inlay/Onlay (also known as partial crown) is a lab fabricated restoration made of different materials. Porcelain inlays/Onlays are popular because they resemble natural teeth. A porcelain inlay/Onlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.

Inlays/Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays/Onlays are an ideal alternative to conventional fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays/Onlays.

As with most dental restorations, inlays/Onlays may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years. However, good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

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Inlay/Onlay procedure

An inlay/onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking an impression (mold).

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.

At your second appointment, your new inlay/Onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

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