Inlays and onlays have become known as partial crowns. They are so called because a full crown is not needed to restore the damage or decay incurred in the tooth. Specifically, this service is for the cases in which a tooth has decay, but the decay has not destroyed all of the healthy enamel of the tooth. The inlay or onlay acts as the missing part of your tooth, fitted and placed to complete your natural tooth.
Inlays are typically used when minimal damage or decay has occurred, and onlays are required when the damage or decay becomes more significant. Either way, the material that is used for repair can be made to appear like your natural teeth. This way, your tooth will look and feel like no damage or decay ever existed. Inlays and onlays have become known as partial crowns, because a full crown is not needed to restore the damaged or decayed area on the tooth. This also makes inlays and onlays more conservative in preserving healthy tooth structure than a traditional crown.
Nephi Dental Clinic has invested in the state-of-the-art CEREC technology so our dentists can efficiently fix your tooth in one appointment. Call Drs. Scott and Doug Petersen today if you want to learn more about our dental inlays and onlays in Nephi, Utah.