Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes referred to as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are restorative dentistry methods that that use the base of an existing tooth to anchor a manufactured tooth surface. Partial Crowns can be used for a number of reasons from cosmeti to structurl.
If the cusp of the tooth is intact and inlay can be used, while onlays are reserved for more damaged host teeth. In either application a mold of the tooth is taken before preparation. This mold will be used to recreate the section of the tooth requiring restoration. This appliance can be made of gold, porcelain, or composite resins that can be match the color of your surrounding teeth.
The host tooth is prepared by removing damaged and decayed tooth material. Sometimes a temporary device will be installed. Then, in two to three weeks, your completed inlay or onlay will be ready for permanent installation. Once completed you should be able to resume all normal use, as though it was your original tooth.