Inlays and Onlays

Constant tooth pain and sensitivity can have various causes from decay to tooth cracks or damage. Persistent pain can become increasingly frustrating. If you are experiencing this discomfort, you may have a dental problem that may require a dentist’s help. If you have tooth pain, you may be eligible and qualify for either an inlay or an onlay filling. If you are unsure of what these are, keep reading below for more information. Also, feel free to contact Burch Dental in Loves Park or Rockford today with questions, comments, or concerns about inlays and onlays.

What are inlays and onlays?

Both inlay and onlay are considered an indirect filling. Indirect fillings are made outside of the dentist’s office in a medical office and then implanted in your local dentist’s office. Your dentist takes the inlay or onlay and bonds it to your tooth in the office after the filling is made. Inlays and onlays do similar tasks to what a crown normally would. They protect a part or section of a damaged or decayed tooth to prevent further pain and damage. The difference between a crown and an inlay or onlay is the amount of tooth reshaping that is necessary. With a crown, you typically need to have your tooth filed and reshaped to fit the crown, while the inlay and onlays fit your tooth. The inlay and onlay preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible therefore making this a great choice for those looking for the least amount of procedures as possible.

What’s the difference between an inlay and onlay?

An inlay and an onlay are very similar but have distinct differences. An inlay is considered as such if it fits inside the indent of the top of your tooth. This means it is only covering a small portion of the top of your tooth. This is compared to an onlay because an onlay covers the entire top side of the tooth. Both are just as effective as another. They are just used in different instances.

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If you think you may benefit from receiving either an inlay or an onlay, head to Burch Dental in Loves Park or Rockford as soon as possible to discuss possible options. Once you have your inlay or onlay completed, you’ll feel significantly less pain than you will with your nerves unprotected, so contact us today!

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