Inlays & Onlays
When a tooth is cracked, fractured, decaying, or excessively worn down, then a dental crown can often be prescribed to restore and protect the tooth. Sometimes, however, a dental crown may be too much; crowns are made to completely cover a tooth’s visible portion, but your tooth may not be sufficiently damaged to warrant such extensive restoration. In that case, you might benefit more from an inlay or onlay, which are often referred to as partial crowns.
Dental Crowns vs. Inlays & Onlays
The point of a dental restoration, like a crown, is to repair the damage done to a tooth’s structure while saving the healthy, solid structure that remains. Dental crowns achieve this by completely capping the tooth in question, protecting it from the pressures of biting and chewing. However, for teeth with mild to moderate damage, placing a crown can mean reshaping more healthy tooth structure than is necessary to accommodate the restoration.
Instead, a dental inlay or onlay can be placed to restore just the damaged section of the tooth. Both are made from the same lifelike materials as dental crowns, such as porcelain. Inlays are designed to rest within the grooves of a tooth’s chewing surface, while onlays can extend over the side of the tooth, as well. A thorough examination can help determine if an inlay or onlay may be better option for you than a dental crown.
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At Oxnard Dentistry, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.