For some large fillings a full crown may not be necessary. Inlays and onlays are fit into a tooth similar to a filling, but they are made in a lab, much like a crown. Inlays are placed on the topside of rear teeth, in between the edges, while onlays fit over one or more of the edges. Inlays and onlays allow the patient to retain more of the natural tooth structure, which is always best. Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but the dentist will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you.
At the first visit, the dentist will prepare your tooth by removing your tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the affected area. We will then take a dental impression and send it to our dental lab so that a technician can create a custom inlay or onlay for you. Once the restoration has returned from the lab the dentist will remove the temporary restoration and permanently cement your final inlay or onlay into position. After polishing and adjusting the restoration as necessary to ensure proper bite alignment, you’ll enjoy a stronger, healthier smile for years to come