Dr. Maria Benefield may recommend an inlay or onlay to address tooth extensive decay or damage on larger teeth when a traditional dental filling is considered insufficient. An inlay sits between the cusps, or edges, of the tooth and on onlay will be used when one or more of the cusps needs to be covered. An onlay is often referred to as a partial crown.
Known as an indirect restoration, an inlay or onlay will be made of high quality ceramic material, color matched to your natural teeth for an aesthetically pleasing and durable result. Placing an inlay or onlay generally requires two visits to our Sandy Springs dentist office.
Inlays & Onlays: What to Expect
Dr. Benefield will prepare the tooth surface by removing any decay and taking impressions to be used in the fabrication of your custom inlay or onlay. A temporary restoration may be placed until the final one is ready.
At the second visit, your final restoration will be placed and permanently secured for a comfortable fit. With proper dental care your inlay or onlay will last for many years.