Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns or three-quarter crowns. This type of restoration is best when the tooth still has some very strong enamel we want to preserve, but the decay is too large to be predictably fixed with a simple filling. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth. Onlays are used when a cusp is missing and the damage is more extensive.
During your appointment, the decay is removed and the tooth is prepared. Traditionally the next step would be to take a goopy impression of your teeth and send this to the lab to have your restoration made, usually out of gold, followed by making a temporary to be worn for the next 2-3 weeks. However, your Gilmer cosmetic dentist has invested in the latest dental technology and Dr. Furniss can now use a computer to make your inlay or onlay IN A SINGLE VISIT! Your restoration will now be made out of the best dental porcelain available and completely finished in a single appointment lasting less than 2 hours. No temporaries, no 2nd visit, no additional numbing!