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Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS | Inlays and Onlays in Washington, DC

1120 19th Street, NW Suite 400
 Washington, DC 20036


Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay into 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 in the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.  An Onlay replaces the missing or decayed part inside the tooth as well as covers a portion of the weakened cusps.  

The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. The laboratory creates a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will be restored to function.  If a porcelain inlay or onlay is made it will look just like a tooth that has no restoration.

Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS in Washington, DC DC
Washington, DC Dentist | Inlays and Onlays. Margaret Culotta-Norton is a Washington, DC Dentist.