Inlays and Onlays Arlington VA
If you have a decayed or injured tooth, Dr. Layth Ghanim may recommend a dental inlay or onlay to restore the damaged structure. Our dentist can utilize inlays and onlays to replace fillings on the back teeth for a more cosmetic and long-lasting appearance without showing marks of wear and tear. We invite you to call Arlington Dental Excellence at 703-912-0318 and schedule a consultation to learn if you would benefit from receiving a dental inlay or onlay in Arlington, Virginia.
Dental inlays and onlays, also known as partial crowns, are used to repair teeth when the damage does not merit a crown but is more extensive than what a filling can successfully treat. Inlays and onlays can be provided using a variety of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. In addition, inlays and onlays are an excellent restorative option, as they help preserve your natural tooth structure and are nearly undetectable once placed.
Inlays are recommended when the damage to your tooth does not reach the cusps, or pointed tips of the tooth. Onlays are recommended when the damage extends to the cusps. When you visit Dr. Layth Ghanim for your restorative consultation, we will determine whether you need an inlay or an onlay, and customize your treatment to restore the health and appearance of your smile.
Inlays vs. Fillings
While a filling is sufficient for most cavities, sometimes the holes left behind by decay are too big for fillings. This is when your dentist may recommend an inlay. An inlay is like a filling, but involves a solid piece of material that must be created in a lab. It is typically made of ceramic or gold.
Creating an inlay can be an extensive process. The inlay must be precise and fit the cavity exactly. Otherwise, the decay can worsen as food particles get trapped into the cavity. While fillings are easier to place, inlays are stronger and more durable. They tend to last longer than fillings. Inlays, however, are often not covered by insurance, so that is something to consider.
Onlays vs. Crowns
For larger cavities that have caused significant damage to the tooth, your dentist may recommend an onlay. An onlay covers the cusp of the tooth. Like an inlay, an onlay is made to fit the exact shape and size of the space. A crown, however, will cover the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns are also covered by insurance, whereas onlays are not.
The difference is that an onlay is a less extensive procedure as a crown. An onlay is cheaper and requires less tooth structure to be removed. Onlays, however, require precision and skill, so you need an experienced and knowledgeable dentist who can do this procedure correctly. This is where Arlington Dental Excellence can help.
Contact Us for Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays can restore your damaged teeth and help improve the appearance of your smile. For more information about dental inlays and onlays and to make your appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today. Schedule a consultation by calling 703-525-0157.