If your teeth have sustained damage, our dentists may recommend a dental inlay or onlay to repair them. We will carefully examine your teeth to determine if inlays and onlays are the right option for you. Call Costa Dentistry today to reserve your consultation and learn more about dental inlays and onlays in Ashburn and Great Falls, Virginia.
What are dental inlays and onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration. They are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns” and are often recommended if the damage to your teeth is too great to be repaired by a filling but not enough to merit a full crown. They are typically made of porcelain, gold or composite material.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?
Inlays are used when the damage to your tooth does not extend to the cusps (points) of your teeth. If the damage extends to the cusps, our dentists will use an onlay instead.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays are incredibly durable and long-lasting. With good oral hygiene, they can last for decades.
Why would I choose an inlay or onlay over a full crown?
Dental inlays and onlays are a more conservative treatment than crowns. They are custom-made to fit your tooth and work to help you retain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. This promotes better long-term oral health. They are also incredibly discreet and will be unnoticeable once placed.