Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dr. Pape and his team uses dental inlays and onlays to restore teeth damaged by decay or wear. Inlays and onlays are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling yet are more conservative than a full crown.
A porcelain onlay is fabricated to fit your tooth precisely and is bonded tightly in place to strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Like a crown, an onlay covers and protects the tooth's biting surface. Where a crown covers the entire tooth, an onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because an onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain onlay.
Dental inlays and onlays can be made of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic or porcelain, or a dental composite. Dr. Pape will help you choose the best material for your individual case.
In some situations, we may recommend a crown instead of an inlay or onlay. Learn more about dental crowns.
Before and after of teeth restored by dental inlays.
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