Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. We create a digital copy of the restoration and send it to our milling technology. The restoration is placed into your mouth and set with cement the same day. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.