Partial Crowns, Inlays, & Onlays
At Dental Partners of Brookline, science and art come together to create long-lasting, natural partial crowns called inlays and onlays. Similar to tooth fillings, inlays and onlays fill cavities and other areas of trauma or tooth decay.
The most conservative approach to restorative dentistry, an inlay is a strong, durable material made outside the mouth that’s used to replace part of a tooth and is cemented or bonded into place. An inlay fits like a puzzle piece into the tooth. If one of the points, or cusps, is also replaced, this is called an onlay.
If the part of the tooth to be restored is even greater than a filling, inlay or onlay can accomplish, then we use a dental crown. Unlike regular fillings, which are composed of a soft material that is molded into the tooth, indirect porcelain fillings are generally shaped in a dental lab and then firmly cemented into place at a later visit. At Dental Partners of Brookline, we are able to use advanced Cerec® 3 technology to mill porcelain inlays and onlays while you wait and place them in your mouth the same visit!
If you are interested in finding out more about partial crowns or our longest-lasting inlays or onlays, please contact our Brookline dentist office.