Inlays and Onlays - Kelowna Dental Office
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as "partial crowns"and they are high quality restoration. They use the existing tooth as a base to 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 but a large filling is required. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area and the weakend parts of the tooth are 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. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to be made, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time with the exception of the CEREC inlays/onlays that are done in our office on the same appointment. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look and feel natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.