Stafford Dentist, Dentist in Stafford, VA

Elizabeth M. Attreed, DDS

General Family Dentistry

(540) 659-5161

Inlays and Onlays
 

Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.

 

When we have decided to go ahead with an inlay or onlay, we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of inlays and onlays are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.

The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take a scan of the prepared tooth, the opposing arch and record the bite. This scan will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. This new technology has eliminated the need for gooey impressions. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The inlay/onlay will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new restoration feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the inlay/onlay into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

 
 
 
We proudly offer inlays and onlays at our convenient location in Stafford, VA. A Dental Inlay or Onlay is a popular cosmetic procedure that can benefit many people who are suffering from a variety of teeth appearance problems and structural flaws including chipped teeth, cracked teeth; discolored, stained, large gaps, receding gum and decaying teeth