If a tooth is decayed or damaged and requires a restoration that is not as extensive as a dental crown, our knowledgeable dentists may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. Also called partial crowns, dental inlays and onlays are used to strengthen the tooth and restore its shape and structure. While dental inlays and dental onlays serve the same purpose of restoring a damaged tooth, their specific uses are slightly different; an inlay is used when the damage is contained within the cusps of the tooth, while a dental onlay is used when the damage is more extensive and includes the tooth cusps.
To restore the tooth, Dr. Rashidi will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth. We then take molds of the tooth, which are sent to a dental laboratory; we place a temporary restoration while your permanent inlay or onlay is created. Once the permanent restoration is complete, we place it on the tooth and cement it in place. A dental inlay or onlay in Tigard, OR can successfully restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile, and they can be created from porcelain, composite resin, or gold to meet your personal preferences. We invite you to contact us soon at Washington Square Dental for more information on the uses and benefits of dental inlays and onlays.