If your tooth is too damaged for a traditional filling but still does not require a dental crown, Dr. Rojas here at Shoreline Dental Chicago may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. An inlay or onlay can help retain and restore much of the original tooth. Contact us today at (312) 266-9487 to schedule a visit with Dr. Mollie K. Rojas or learn more about dental inlays and onlays in Chicago, Illinois.
During an examination, our dentist can let you know if the damage or decay in your tooth needs a simple treatment or a more complex restoration. If we determine that your tooth damage or decay is too extensive for a filling but not severe enough for a full crown, we may suggest an inlay or onlay instead. Inlays and onlays are also known as partial crowns because they cover partial visible parts of the teeth. They can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, compositie resin or gold. Our dentist can help you decide the best material according to your needs and preferences. Your inlay or onlay will be crafted to fit comfortably over your tooth, preserving its health and function so you can use it for normal speaking and eating.
Inlays and onlays both restore damaged teeth, but they are a little different in their uses. An inlay is used when the damage does not extend to a tooth’s cusps. An onlay is when used the damage does extend to the cusps. Our dentist can let you know which restorative option is best to address your smile needs.
If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, we welcome you to give our team a call today and schedule an appointment!