What is a dental inlay?

A dental inlay is a restoration used when damage or decay has affected a tooth to the point that a filling cannot successfully restore the tooth but a full dental crown is not required. Dental inlays are made of durable materials like porcelain and gold, and they are custom made to perfectly fit your tooth once decay or damage has been removed. A dental inlay is designed to fit on the chewing surface of the tooth between the cusps.

What is a dental onlay?

A dental onlay serves the same purpose as an inlay. Sometimes called a partial crown, a dental onlay is more extensive than an inlay and can be used to restore the entire chewing surface of a damaged tooth, including the cusps.

Do I need a dental inlay or dental onlay?

If your tooth is damaged or decayed, our gentle dentist, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann, will thoroughly examine your smile and discuss all of your treatment options with you. A dental inlay or onlay may be recommended as a good option for returning the tooth to its original structure and for restoring your smile’s function and health. To learn more about dental inlays and onlays in Carlsbad, California, and to schedule your next visit, we welcome you to contact our dental office today.