At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we perform many tooth restorations. We’ve been restoring teeth since 1990 for our valued patients.
We fill cavities. We repair broken teeth. We place dental implants after a tooth extraction. Regardless of the extent of the tooth damage—or if the tooth has to be extracted—we create custom restorations.
In this post, we are going to discuss two types of restorations: inlays and onlays.
What’s The Difference Between an Inlay And an Onlay?
Both inlays and onlays are smaller than full crowns. They can be made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.
Inlays and onlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.
An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more cusps, or bumps, on the top of the tooth.
- An inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth
- An onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its original dimension
Matched Perfectly to Your Tooth Color
Inlays and onlays are durable and inconspicuous. We match them to the specific shade of your tooth. No silver amalgam.
Inlays and onlays guard the tooth from further damage. They provide natural function.
Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is committed to excellence! We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry and treat patients throughout North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!