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.
At the first visit Dr. Krueger will remove the decayed area of the tooth and prepare the tooth to fit an onlay or inlay. Then a mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. It will take the dental lab about 2-3 weeks to make the restoration, so Dr. Krueger will fabricate a temporary inlay or onlay to be placed on the tooth for that time. At the following visit the inlay or onlay will be placed on the prepped tooth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.