Inlays and Onlays

Advances today in Dental Science allow us to help you keep your natural teeth longer and longer. Ask Dr. Councill and his staffs about Inlays and Onlays today!

nlays and onlays are often referred to as “partial coverage” crowns. They use the existing healthy portions of the tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay to replace the damaged portions. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive, extending to effect a cusp.The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A “digital impression” of the tooth is then sent to a sophisticated computer.  There, Dr. Councill re-designs the damaged portions of the tooth and relays the information to a milling chamber.  Computer controlled burs then produce the inlay or onlay specific to restoring your tooth back to function.  Dr. Councill and the staff and Dogwood Dental will then test fit the inlay or onlay into your mouth so that minor adjustments can be made.  Permanent cement will be applied; after some polishing your tooth will be restored. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.