Inlays and onlays are similar to tooth-colored fillings. If your tooth does not have enough structure left to support a filling but the tooth is not damaged enough to need a crown, Dr. Sean Kennelly may recommend a dental onlay or inlay in Centennial, Colorado.
To place an inlay or an onlay, our dentist will first remove the decay or an old filling. An impression is taken of the tooth and of those around it so the restoration can be constructed. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth until the inlay or onlay is ready. When the restoration is ready, the temporary filling is taken out and the fit of the restoration will be checked. After any necessary adjustments are made, the inlay or onlay is cemented into place. Some types of inlays and onlays can be made and placed in one visit.
With inlays, the entire work is within the bumps, or cusps, on the chewing surface of a tooth. Onlays are more extensive; they cover one or more cusps completely. Onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about inlays and onlays and to schedule your next visit with our dentist!