What are dental inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are often called partial crowns or indirect fillings. Dental inlays and onlays in Burlington, North Carolina are used to treat moderate levels of tooth decay while still maintaining an attractive aesthetic. An inlay is fitted to a cavity in a tooth, while an onlay extends to replace a cusp, or the elevated part of the tooth. Our dental team uses inlays and onlays when the tooth is not damaged enough to require a dental crown, but not enough tooth structure remains to support a regular filling. Our caring dentist, Dr. Monahan, is able to determine if inlays and onlays are right for you.
How are dental inlays and onlays placed?
To place an inlay or onlay, all of the decay is removed and your teeth are clean and dried. Molds and impressions are taken beforehand to ensure fit and proper bite. Once your restoration is made, it will be expertly placed by a member of our expert dental team. We work hard to ensure that your dental inlay or onlay is comfortable and feels natural. If you are interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, we invite you to contact our dental office today!