If more than half of your tooth is missing or the decay is large enough to undermine tooth integrity, a composite filling is no longer your best treatment option. However, you also don’t need the full coverage of a dental crown. Instead, you can restore your tooth with inlays or onlays.


Inlay/Onlay Restorations

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that offer a well-fitting, strong, and long-lasting solution to tooth decay. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a single dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips (or top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.


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    Reasons for Inlays/Onlays

    Some reasons for needing to restore a tooth with an inlay or onlay include:

    • Large or failing restorations
    • Lost fillings
    • Fractured cusps
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    Benefits of Inlays/Onlays

    There are countless advantages of restoring your smile with inlays or onlays. Some of their most noteworthy benefits include:

    • Durability
    • Strength and stability
    • Aesthetic coloring
    • Superior fit
    • Seals out bacteria
    • Protects weak teeth
    • Makes teeth easier to clean

    Contact Family & Implant Dentistry of Stuart for more information about inlays/onlays or to schedule an appointment today.

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