Dental inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings, used by Dr. Parnaik to restore teeth that are weakened by wear, decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of durable materials such as resin, porcelain and/or gold.
Inlay vs. Onlay
The difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth. An inlay is more similar to a filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth. An onlay, also called a partial crown, provides more coverage. Both inlays and onlays are considered an indirect restoration, meaning they are fabricated in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth by Dr. Parnaik in our Medford dental office.
About the Procedure
The process for inlays and onlays usually requires two visits. The first visit involves the examination and tooth preparation. Dr. Parnaik will take impressions used to create a model for the permanent restoration. In most cases, Dr. Parnaik will place a temporary inlay or onlay on the tooth to provide protection in between visits. In about 2 weeks, you will return for the final visit. Dr. Parnaik will ensure proper fit and alignment then secure the inlay or onlay for a permanent restoration.