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Inlays and Onlays


Inlays and Onlays

The difference between inlays and onlays
Often referred to as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are placed over an existing tooth to help prevent further damage. Inlays and onlays are used to strengthen a damaged tooth, restore its shape and prevent further decay.
When there is no damage to the cusp of the tooth, an inlay can be used. The inlay is placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when a tooth has more extensive damage.
Placing an inlay or onlay on a tooth begins by removing the decayed area. A mold is prepared and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. The restoration is created from porcelain, gold or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2 to 3 weeks to create. In the meantime, a temporary inlay or onlay will be made for the patient until the permanent version is ready.
The permanent inlay or onlay will be placed and set with an adhesive cement and your tooth will regain its natural look.

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