When a tooth has damage done that cannot hold a filling, but does not need a full crown, inlays and onlays are applied. They are sometimes referred to as partial crowns and they restore and strengthen your tooth. Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA offers inlays and onlays to improve our patients’ smiles and restore their oral health.
Inlays are used to restore the chewing area of a tooth, within the cusps. The cusps are the rounded edges of the tooth’s chewing surface. An inlay can be created from gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored composite resin. Porcelain and the tooth-colored composite resin blend in with the rest of your tooth for a natural look.
Onlays are used to restore teeth that have a little more damage. They restore the chewing surface of the tooth and include one or more cusps, or the entire surface. They are also made of gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored composite resin.
The process of applying an inlay or an onlay starts with removing the decayed or weakened part of the tooth. An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to a dental laboratory where the custom inlay or onlay is created. When ready, it will be cemented into place. With good care, including brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist, an inlay or onlay can last up to thirty years.
If you have pain or sensitivity to a tooth, schedule an appointment at Bensalem Dentistry in our Bensalem, PA location for an examination. To schedule, call us at (215) 638-9952 or visit our website, www.bensalemdentistry.com.