When more than half of your tooth is missing or you have decay that is large enough to undermine tooth integrity, restoring your smile with full coverage dental crowns or fillings is no longer your best option. Instead, you should consider restoring your tooth with inlays or onlays.
Your teeth will be initially examined to determine the need for an inlay/onlay. The affected area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Any tooth decay is removed in preparation for inlay or onlay treatment.
Inlays replace parts of a decayed tooth while onlays are located on the chewing surface of a decayed tooth. Impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a mold that is sent to a lab. You will be given a temporary filling to fill up the cavity.
Your inlay/onlay will be placed on your teeth. The resin is applied and hardened to the treated areas with low-density light.