When a tooth does not have enough tooth structure left to support a dental filling, but it is not damaged enough to need a dental crown, Dr. John S. Grisham may recommend inlays and onlays in Littleton, New Hampshire. Dental inlays are like dental fillings, but the work lies within the bumps or cusps on the chewing surface of the tooth. Dental onlays require more extensive work than dental inlays. Dental onlays, which are sometimes called partial crowns, cover one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
To place a dental inlay or onlay, our dentist will first remove the tooth decay or an old dental filling. Impressions are taken of the tooth and those surrounding it so that the dental inlay or onlay can be constructed. When the dental inlay or onlay is complete, our dentist will place it in your mouth to check the fit and color. After any needed adjustments are made, our dentist will cement the dental inlay or onlay in place.
Dental inlays and onlays are more durable than dental fillings. Dental inlays and onlays last up to 30 years. We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.