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Have you had filling fall out? Have you ever cracked a tooth? Do you even have parts of a tooth completely missing? Luckily, there is something you can do about these issues—namely, using dental inlays and onlays. While we recommend thinking about dental crowns and fillings, we recommend also thinking about the benefits of these restorations.

You see, inlays and onlays are usually recommended when you’re decay is large enough to undermine your tooth integrity, is too large to be filled by a filling, but doesn’t need a crown. Fortunately, an inlay is an option you may consider though they can be made from several materials.

Still, what is the difference between an inlay and an onlay? In reality, the two are very similar. The main difference between the two is that an onlay extends over the cusps of your teeth while inlays extend to your cusps.

Like many crowns, inlays and onlays often require two appointments to be placed. During the first appointment, our team will take a mold of your mouth to make sure your restoration fits perfectly into your unique smile. Usually, our team will place a temporary restoration until your next appointment. During the second appointment, your restoration will be placed.

If you damage your tooth and would like to hear more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact Midtown Dental at 919-847-8074. Our dentist, Dr. Seth Rumley, and our team will examine your unique situation and help you find the best solution possible. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to give us a call.