Most dentists in Lebanon don’t offer inlays and onlays. These unique restorations are a conservative alternative to dental crowns, when your tooth is too damaged to repair with a filling.
Some people refer to inlays and onlays as “lab made fillings” or “three quarter crowns.” As the nicknames might suggest, an inlay/onlay is created by hand in a lab, much like a dental crown, yet it covers far less tooth surface.
Reasons for Getting a Dental Inlay/Onlay
Inlays and onlays are ideal for situations where there’s significant tooth decay, fractures, or Dr. Syed is changing out a large filling.
The difference between inlays and onlays, depends on which areas of your tooth are being restored. The biting “cusps” (pointed edges on back teeth) are rebuilt with onlays, while larger areas inside of a tooth are repaired with an inlay. Each one fits into or onto your tooth much like a puzzle piece, and is designed off of an impression of your prepped tooth.
Opting for a dental inlay/onlay is a great way to help preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Although crowns are wonderful for repairing broken teeth, they’re not always necessary. Inlays and onlays bridge the need between fillings vs. a full crown.
Find out if an inlay or onlay is the right solution for your smile.