When a tooth has suffered damage from decay or traumatic injury, there may not be enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling. In this case, a pre-fabricated restoration called an inlay or onlay may be used to repair the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are typically made from porcelain, metal or composite. An inlay sits within the cusps of a tooth, while an onlay can also cover the cusps, enabling a dentist to restore the full chewing surface of a severely damaged tooth.
The tooth needs to be prepared before the restoration can begin. Decayed tissue is removed before an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab. You will receive a temporary filling until your fitting appointment.
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