Inlays and Onlays

Richard D. Gruntz, DDS, PC in Arlington VA

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. This is done 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.

The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A digital scan of the tooth is taken and using the CEREC cad cam system the restoration is designed and milled during your office visit. The restoration made from porcelain or a composite resin. The restoration takes 10 - 15 minutes to be made, therefore a temporary inlay or onlay is not required. The inlay or onlay is placed into your mouth and set with cement during the same office visit. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.

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