If you have one or more teeth that are damaged or decayed, our skilled dentists may recommend inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration that can improve the function, health, and beauty of your smile. Also known as partial crowns, dental inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings; unlike traditional fillings, which are created from amalgam or composite resin, inlays and onlays are typically created from porcelain. Dental inlays and onlays in Shakopee, Minnesota are designed to perfectly fit your tooth to restore it to its optimal health. Because they are created from porcelain, inlays and onlays look and feel like your natural teeth.
Both inlays and onlays are used for the same purpose: to restore damaged or decayed teeth. Dental inlays are used when the damage does not include the cusp of the tooth, while dental onlays are used to repair damage that extends to the cusps. To place a dental inlay or onlay, Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva will gently remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, clean the tooth, and bond the porcelain inlay or onlay to the tooth. For more information on how inlays and onlays can improve your smile, please call us at Shakopee Dental today!