When Do You Need An Inlay And Onlay?

When our teeth become damaged, or if they develop issues with tooth decay, then a restoration is needed. To help repair smiles in Des Moines, IA, we sometimes offer patients partial crowns. When does your smile need an inlay and onlay? How do they restore smiles?

Repairing Cracked or Chipped Teeth

When do we prescribe a partial restoration? We may use them to address advanced cases of tooth decay, in which a simple dental filling may not be enough. We also use them as possible solutions for infection, chipped teeth, and worn-down teeth. When in place, they will look natural and blend with your smile, providing quality repair.

Creating and Placing Partial Crowns

The inlay fits between the cusps on the top of the teeth, while an onlay fits over the cusps on the top of the tooth. Each will be custom-made from ceramic, a strong material that can also be shaded to match surrounding tooth structure. We create them based on detailed impressions taken of your teeth. After creating them, we place them with a powerful boding agent, securing them to your tooth. Once in place, they will prevent further decay or infection and provide many years of natural looking smile improvement.

What About Full Crowns?

A full crown actually covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. We may create them using the same lifelike ceramic material, but use them to address more substantial damaged, including dental fractures. They also aid in the placement of dental bridges and help restore single tooth dental implants. If you have any questions about our crowns, inlays, or onlays, or if you think your smile may benefit from a durable and lifelike restoration, then contact our team today. Let 2019 be the year you obtain a healthier smile!


We want to offer you a custom-made restoration that improves your tooth’s health and function. Our practice is ready to help families in and around Des Moines, IA enjoy beautiful smiles with our custom-made dental restorations. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.