Partial crowns, often called inlays and onlays, are a type of tooth restoration consisting of either gold or porcelain and fitted to a cavity in a tooth. The existing tooth is fit onto a partial crown on the top of it. A partial crown provides the benefit of preventing any additional damage to the existing tooth as well as restoring the shape and vitality of the tooth. What is the difference between an inlay versus an onlay? When there isn’t any damage to the tips of the teeth, an inlay can easily be placed on top. When there is some damage or extensive damage to the tooth, an onlay is the better solution.
Dental Inlay or Onlay Procedure
What is involved with the procedure? It involves removing the decayed tooth area, taking a mold of the tooth and sending the mold to a lab. The dental lab then creates a restoration which typically takes a couple of weeks. The restoration is made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Upon returning to your dentist’s office, the inlay or onlay will be set with cement in your mouth and you will be left with a natural look, which quite closely resembles your original tooth.