Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Inlays and Onlays

The Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center provides patients with many types of restorations to keep their teeth beautiful and working correctly. One type of restoration which other people may not see very often but which makes a huge difference is the partial crown. Known as an inlay or an onlay, this kind of restoration repairs the grinding surface of a molar or premolar.

The difference between an inlay and an onlay is how much of the tooth surface it replaces. The back teeth have several raised, pointy bits, called cusps, with indentations in between. Inlays fill in the indentations, while onlays cover indentations and damaged cusps. If the patient needs a partial crown because of tooth decay, Dr. Malik will remove the decayed material before making an impression of the patient’s mouth. This impression is then sent to a lab where a custom-fitted partial crown will be milled out of porcelain.

Placing the inlay or onlay only takes a single trip, once it’s been made. Patients will soon be chewing comfortably again.

Shireen Malik, D.D.S, operates the Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center at 1128 Walnut Street, Ste 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 191078. To schedule an appointment, call 215-279-1193 or visit and fill out a contact sheet.


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