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Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays

Posted in Crowns

Have you ever heard of a dental inlay or onlay? Maybe even a “three-quarter crown?” If you haven’t – then we want you to know what dental inlays and onlays can to for you, and what makes them different than other types of treatment.

Inlays and Onlays Protect More than Just a Filling

Large cavities and fractures may be impossible to fix with a filling. If the filling takes up the bulk of the tooth, it won’t be able to withstand normal biting and chewing pressure. Something with more stability is needed, but what if a crown isn’t quite necessary? In this case, an inlay/onlay offers quality protection and minimal trauma on the tooth. 

They Omit the Need for a Crown in Some Cases

If a tooth has an adequate amount of structure that would need to be ground down for a crown, it may be better to consider an inlay/onlay. Inlays and onlays maximize the existing healthy enamel by eliminating the need to further prep the tooth. This helps the tooth have a longer lifespan and less-invasive treatment over time. 

Each One is Custom Designed

Just like a full coverage crown, inlays and onlays are made by hand in a dental lab. This provides you with the perfect fit that you expect. Custom designed restorations feel more comfortable, look more aesthetic and require fewer adjustments. They can be made of porcelain or gold, depending on the location of the tooth (and your preferences.) Both materials have different advantages in regard to the tooth being treated.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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