As dental technology advances and becomes more precise, we’ve been able to design treatments that offer maximum results in the most minimally invasive manner. For instance, when a tooth requires restoration that’s too extensive for a resin filling but not enough for a porcelain crown, your dentist can design an inlay or onlay to address the problem. Dental inlays and onlays, often referred to as partial crowns, are designed to fit into the crevices on the chewing surfaces of teeth, sometimes extending over the sides. Unlike a filling, the restoration can secure a significant portion of the tooth; though, unlike a dental crown, an inlay or onlay doesn’t require the complete modification of your tooth structure.
Choosing an Inlay or Onlay
To determine the right restoration for your tooth, your dentist will begin by performing a thorough examination to diagnose the extent of the tooth’s damage. If a dental inlay or onlay is appropriate, then your dentist will utilize digital X-rays and imaging technology to take precise measurements and create a mold of your tooth. An inlay or onlay will be made according to these measurements and the mold, then your dentist can permanently bond the restoration in place during your next visit.
Learn More About Dental Inlays and Onlays
With an inlay or onlay, you can enjoy the benefits of lifelike tooth restoration while preserving a maximum amount of your healthy tooth structure. To find out if an inlay or onlay is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).