When a tooth does not have enough tooth structure left to support a dental filling, but the tooth is not damaged enough to need a dental crown, Dr. Kenneth Schweizer may recommend inlays and onlays in Sarasota, Florida. Dental inlays are like dental fillings, except that the work is all within the cusps, or bumps, on the chewing surface of the tooth. Dental onlays, which are sometimes called partial crowns, are more extensive than inlays. They cover more than one cusp of the tooth.
To place a dental inlay or onlay, our dentist will first remove the tooth decay or an old dental filling. Impressions of the tooth and those surrounding it are made so that a dental inlay or onlay can be custom made. When the dental inlay or onlay is complete, our dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Our dentist will then permanently cement the dental inlay or onlay in place. Your dental inlay or onlay will be more durable than a traditional dental filling. It will also last up to 30 years, which is much longer than a traditional dental filling.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.