Inlay-Onlay tooth restoration is a type of cosmetic dentistry that restores the structure and substance of a tooth. Onlays can also be referred to as crowns which help cover damages or decayed teeth. An inlay is porcelain filling that fills a cavity or hole to restore the natural appearance of a tooth.
Tooth restoration is recommended for anyone that has damaged or fractured teeth. Restoring your teeth will strengthen and benefit anyone who has cavities that have spread to the crown of the tooth, but not completely damaged as to require a crown.
Your dentist will prepare the area by numbing it with local anesthetic, cleaning it and removing existing decay or fillings.
After an impression of the tooth or teeth is taken, a temporary inlay/onlay is placed for protection while the permanent ones are custom made.
The permanent inlays or onlays are fabricated in a dental lab according to the impression. The permanent inlays or onlays are cemented to the teeth.