Dental inlays are used when the damage to the tooth is within a cavity. Dental onlays are similar, but are used in instances when one or more cusps of the tooth need to be replaced. Both procedures are similar to getting a tooth filling, but the process is more extensive.
Since the restoration material for the inlay or onlay needs to be fabricated in a lab, you will have to wear a temporary restoration for 2-3 weeks while the permanent restoration is being made. The increased preparation time has advantage, though – inlays and onlays are more durable than standard tooth fillings, and can protect better against recurrent decay.
If you would like a free consultation to see if a dental inlay or onlay is right for you, contact Dr. Bowyer at his Vancouver office. Call our office at (360) 253-2640 or use the form to schedule your appointment.