When a tooth is damaged, you have a few restoration options. If a tooth is not damaged badly enough to require a dental crown, our dentist may recommend a dental onlay or inlay in Danville, California. Inlays and onlays, sometimes called partial crowns, replace the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth in order to return the tooth to optimal structure, health, and function; in this way, they are similar to fillings. Unlike traditional fillings, however, dental inlays and onlays are custom made from molds and impressions of your teeth and are then cemented in place. You can think of the inlay or onlay like a puzzle piece that is made to precisely fit your tooth and restore its shape and size. At El Cerro Dental, an inlay or onlay can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain. Porcelain restorations are a great choice for aesthetically restoring your smile because the inlay or onlay will blend in beautifully with the rest of your smile.
You may be wondering what the difference is between an inlay and an onlay. They are very similar – both are used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Dr. Gary Cappelletti may recommend a dental inlay if the decay and damage is entirely contained within the chewing surface of the tooth. If the damage extends to include one or more cusps (the raised point on the tooth), a dental onlay is used. We welcome you to call or visit our office today to learn more about inlays and onlays. We are eager to care for your smile!