Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. Our dentist, Dr. Stella O. Nnadi, does this 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 and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive, past the point where a filling will cover it, but not quite to the point where a dental crown is necessary.

The decayed area of the tooth is 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 or a composite resin. The restoration takes about two to three weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit, the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or others won’t be able to tell the difference. If you are looking or dental inlays and onlays in Charlotte, North Carolina, please call us at 704-688-7588.