Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that offer high strength and precision. Inlays and Onlays use the existing tooth structure as a base, and they are glued into the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. The difference between an inlay and an onlay is:
An Inlay is a restoration that fits inside the tooth, whereas, Onlays cover the outside of a tooth, i.e. when the tooth damage is more extensive. Onlays are often referred to as partial crowns.
The dental appointment process for performing an inlay and onlay is as follows:
At the first dental appointment, the decayed or damaged area of the tooth is meticulously removed. Then an impression mold of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab for Dr. Keen to start making the inlay/onlay. Inlays and Onlays can be made from porcelain, gold, or a resin material. Inlay and Onlay restorations require about 1 - 2 weeks to be made in the Dental Lab, so a Temporary inlay/onlay will be placed on the tooth during that time period.
At the second dental appointment, the Permanent inlay/onlay will be placed and fitted on your tooth. Your bite will be checked to ensure it is ideal. The inlay/onlay will be highly polished and permanently cemented to your tooth with dental cement. Your tooth will look natural and will be stronger.
Ask Dr. Keen about the technologic advancements of dental materials and cements for inlays and onlays!