When your tooth does not have enough structure left to support a filling, but is not damaged enough to require a crown, Dr. Spelman and Dr. Orlando may recommend inlays and onlays in Hopewell, New Jersey. Like fillings, inlays and onlays are used to treat cavities. With inlays, the work lies entirely within the cusps on the chewing surface of the tooth. Onlays, which cover one or more cusps, are more extensive than inlays. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.
Before placing an inlay or onlay, our dentists will remove decay or an old filling. Impressions of the tooth and those surrounding it are taken so that the inlay or onlay can be constructed. Our dentists may place a temporary filling to protect your tooth while the inlay or onlay is being made. When the inlay or onlay is ready, our dentists will remove the temporary filling and check the fit of your inlay or onlay. After any needed adjustments are made, the inlay or onlay is permanently cemented into place.
We encourage you to contact Orlando Family Dentistry, LLC today to learn more about inlays and onlays and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to caring for you and your smile!