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What are Onlays & Inlays?

Onlyas & inlays fall into a category between dental crows and fillings. Essentially, they are used to restore and prevent the furthur spread of cavities that are too large for a filling, but not large enough for a full crown. They are a more conservative method compared to dental crowns in that they preserve more of the natural tooth surface. With onlays and inlays, the dentist only need to remove the affected or damaged area of the tooth.

What Is The Difference Between Onlays & Inlays?

The only real difference between onlays and inlays is the position of the cavity being filled (and subsequently the placement of the cover). Onlays are used to cover larger areas that include the tooth’s biting surface, while inlays fill smaller regions between the cusps at the center of the tooth. Oftentimes dentists call onlays “partial crowns” since they, like full crowns, cover a large portion of the tooth’s surface and provide longer-lasting support than fillings do.

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How Do I Know Which Is Right For Me?

Make an appointment with us today. During your examination, we will assess your overall dental health, as well as the tooth (or teeth) in question. Only then will we be able to determine your best option for treatment and materials, while working with your dental insurance provider to keep the solution within your budget.

At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe in advising you based on the best, longest-lasting solution at affordable prices. If you are experiencing dental problems or pain, we’re here to help — regardless of whether you need a filling, an onlay, or a crown. Schedule your consultation today by calling (347)727-0806.

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