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 onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.
Get in touch with College Street Dental today if you are looking for inlays and onlays in Covina, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, Azusa, La Puente, Baldwin Park, Pomona, Duarte, Arcadia, Irwindale, and Diamond Bar. We have provided high-quality dental care for kids, teens, adults, and seniors for more than twenty years. So don't worry about rushing around to different specialist offices. We've got you covered right in our office with highly trained and educated specialists all in one space. Our caring, compassionate doctors and staff put your oral health first. One-stop for all your dental needs. Call us at (626) 498-2472 to schedule your appointment.