You may have heard your dentist or a hygienist mention dental inlays or onlays before, but what are they? Visiting the dentist can expose you to a whole new vocabulary, and inlays and onlays are some new words worth learning.
Dental inlays and onlays are a form of restorative dentistry similar to crowns and fillings. When a tooth has been damaged in such a way that a filling cannot repair it, yet the tooth does not need a complete dental crown, our dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. Inlays are a solid material that fills and restores a tooth. It is fabricated and prepared outside of the mouth using an impression of the tooth, as opposed to a dental filling which is placed in the tooth and then hardened. Onlays are just like inlays, except that they are designed to cover an area where a missing tooth cusp would be. Inlays and onlays are typically made of gold or porcelain and can last for many years with proper care.
Inlays and onlays are effective treatment options for teeth in need of restorative care but when a full dental crown is required. At Durango Dentistry, we are pleased to be your resource for comprehensive dental care. Call our team at the office of Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens today if you have questions about our dental inlays and onlays in Durango, Colorado.