When Should I Consider an Inlay or Onlay Before a Dental Crown?

hispanic man smiling confident standing at park Inlays, onlays, fillings, and dental crowns are all ways in which you can restore a natural tooth. However, many patients who visit cosmetic dentist Dr. Jorge Paez and his staff at Nevada Dental Esthetics in Las Vegas, NV, often have questions about which one is best for their needs. Let’s explore the options available for smile restoration and get a better idea of which treatment would best suit your needs.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are porcelain restorations used to address areas of decay and damage. They are a conservative alternative to porcelain dental crowns, which are also used to add an extra layer of strength and protection to a weakened tooth. These restorations are customized by our team at Nevada Dental Esthetics to ensure proper fit and a natural appearance.

When should I choose an inlay or onlay instead of a dental crown?

Inlay and onlay dental restorations are ideal for teeth that have been damaged but still retain a significant portion of their original structure. They can be used to repair moderately sized cavities, provide additional support for weakened teeth, or replace large fillings. Unlike a crown, an inlay or onlay does not fully encase the entire tooth. Instead, it only covers the affected area. Inlays and onlays usually require two visits to complete: one to prepare the tooth and take an impression and another visit to fit the finished restoration.

The advantages of inlays and onlays compared to traditional crowns include less removal of healthy enamel tissue, improved strength and durability due to their customized fit, minimal risk of gum irritation due to the precision-fitting, and improved aesthetic appeal since they closely match the natural tooth color. Inlays and onlays are also more cost-effective than dental crowns as they require less time in the chair and can be finished within two visits.

Don’t miss out on ways to conservatively restore your natural teeth after damage or decay!

If a cavity is too large for a filling but not severe enough to warrant a crown, an inlay or onlay may be your best treatment option. Dr. Jorge Paez and his experienced staff at Nevada Dental Esthetics can assess your individual needs and provide advice about which type of restoration might work best for your unique needs. If you are interested in repairing one or more teeth, call 702-737-3553 to request a consultation visit at our office, conveniently located off the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV.

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