Dental inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings, but they are constructed in a dental laboratory. When there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling, but the tooth is not damaged enough to need a dental crown, Dr. Derek C. Barnes may recommend dental inlays and onlays in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dental inlays are like fillings, but the work lies within one of the bumps on the chewing surface of the tooth. Dental onlays are sometimes called dental crowns. They cover one or more cusps on the chewing surface of the tooth. Inlays and onlays last up to 30 years, which is much longer than traditional dental fillings. Dental inlays and onlays can be made from composite resin, porcelain, or gold.

To place a dental inlay or onlay, our dentist will remove the decay or an old filling. An impression is taken of your tooth and those around it so the inlay or onlay can be constructed. Our dentist may place a temporary filling to protect your tooth while the inlay or onlay is being constructed. When the inlay or onlay is complete, the temporary filling is removed and the inlay or onlay is permanently cemented in place.

Please contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.