Inlays and Onlays: The Facts

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Have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? What do you know about the benefits of these treatments? Briefly, these treatments are especially useful because they can be used to repair damage that a crown or filling isn’t the best option for. But there is more to them than that.

Our team could recommend an inlay or an onlay when a crown isn’t necessary, or when a simple filling isn’t enough. But please note that, while similar, inlays and onlays are actually quite different. You see, if the damage is confined to the center of your tooth, our team will most likely recommend an inlay. Conversely, an onlay can be used to cover damage that extends beyond the center of your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time. Inlays and onlays don’t shrink, and are also extremely durable and stable. Finally, inlays and onlays won’t stain and can last for up to 30 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, please don’t hesitate to contact Lifetime Dentistry at 563-263-9082. Dr. Holly Krystek and our team will be happy to answer any question you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!