Inlays and onlays are used to restore weak teeth, tooth cavities or damaged teeth. Also called a “partial crown”, these two indirect restorations are recommended when the affected tooth is a larger, back tooth or a large part of the tooth structure is compromised. They can serve an important role in the preservation of your natural tooth and the integrity of your smile.
Inlay vs. Onlay
The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth.
An inlay is basically a filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth.
An onlay, also known as a partial crown, covers more of the biting surface.
Inlay & Onlay What to Expect
Traditionally, it would require two or more visits to place a porcelain filling. Dr. Van Gurp is pleased to be among a handful of Charlotte dentists using CEREC, a CAD/CAM technology that allows for the immediate fabrication and placement of inlays and onlays. This means you only have to make one visit to the dentist office and don’t have to deal with messy impressions and uncomfortable temporary fillings.
Using digital impressions, Dr. Van Gurp will fabricate a high-quality ceramic inlay or onlay to address your tooth decay or damage while you wait. Your new restoration will be permanently secured and polished for a lasting result that will also complement the aesthetics of your smile.