The Facts About Inlays and Onlays

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Do you ever think you might have a cavity? Do you wonder if you should have the issue addressed? Have you ever heard that you could address your tooth decay with a filling or even with a crown? While either of these choices could both be effective, had you ever heard that an inlay or onlay is an option you should think about?

Of course, inlays are especially useful since they can fill in any decay that’s too extensive for cavities to fill, but too small to need a crown. Please don’t misunderstand: there are actually minor differences between the two treatments. The main difference is that inlays don’t cover the bumps, or cusps, that are on your teeth, but onlays do. Fortunately, like fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays can be made to match your other pearly whites.

Similarly, inlays and onlays can offer you many different benefits. Like crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays can improve the appearance and function of your teeth. However, unlike some other options, inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years.

If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from us, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt, please feel free to call Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry at 804-737-4444. We’ll be happy to inspect your teeth and to see if you should consider getting inlays and onlays in Sandston, Virginia. We look forward to hearing from you.