Partial crowns, inlays & onlays repair teeth in Paxton, MA
When a tooth has been broken, chipped, or decayed, patients in the Paxton and Worcester, MA area have a variety of options for restoring health and function to the tooth. Depending on the extent of the damage, Dr. Scott Siemen, dentist at Paxton Dental Care, may recommend dental inlays or onlays.
What are inlays and onlays?
Also called partial dental crowns, inlays and onlays are conservative tooth restorations that cover more of a tooth than a filling, but less than a crown. An inlay is a custom-made restoration that repairs and restores the tooth’s biting surface. An onlay is like an inlay, but it covers both the biting surface and at least one of the chewing cusps on the tooth. They are more durable than fillings and will last quite a long time with good oral hygiene and regular dental care.
Inlays or onlays may be recommended by Dr. Siemen for:
- Fractured tooth repair
- Tooth decay
- Replacement of old or broken fillings
- Cosmetic purposes
Inlays and onlays are considered more conservative than porcelain crowns or other types of full dental crowns because they require the alteration of much less tooth structure than full crowns.
How inlays and onlays are placed
First, Dr. Siemen will discuss your treatment preferences and help you determine the right material to use for your inlay or onlay. Several different materials are available, such as gold, composite resin, or porcelain; most patients choose porcelain for its durability and natural tooth-like appearance. Dr. Siemen will prepare your tooth for the inlay or onlay and take several dental impressions so that the restoration can be custom-made for your tooth. Then, Dr. Siemen will place a temporary restoration on your tooth, so it is protected and to reduce sensitivity while your inlay or onlay is being made.
Once it is ready, you come back into the office, where Dr. Siemen will place your inlay or onlay on the tooth and carefully fit it so it both feels and functions like a natural tooth. Then, we cement it onto your tooth with a strong dental cement.
If you have any questions about inlays or onlays, feel free to call Paxton Dental Care today at (508) 557-2400!