Two similar types of restorations are inlays and onlays. These procedures are used by Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens to restore small amounts of damage to a tooth where a filling would be too invasive. Onlays and inlays in Durango, Colorado, provide a great cosmetic solution since the porcelain that is typically used can more closely match your smile. Our dentist may recommend an inlay or an onlay depending on the extent of the damage and the area affected.
Inlays require that less of the dental structure be removed, and they are used to repair decay or damage to the inside grooves of the tooth. We will recommend this procedure at Durango Dentistry when it is difficult to recreate the contours of the tooth or if the tooth is touching another because fillings do not allow the same level of detail and precision as an artificially created inlay.
Onlays are typically used by Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens to restore partially damaged teeth that include at least one of the cusps, or points, of the tooth. Additionally, an onlay is a flexible dental restoration that can replace small sections of your tooth or even the entire biting surface. While this procedure is used to treat moderately damaged teeth, this is less invasive than a crown since more of the healthy tooth can be kept.
To know more about the different issues that inlays and onlays can help with, call our team at Durango Dentistry today.