What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix describes the difference between two common restorations, the inlay and the onlay.

If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew, the surfaces of your molars may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. Both are made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays and onlays safeguard the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we provide complete restorative dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our office to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

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