If a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, our dentist offers several types of restorations to accommodate your personal needs and desires. We may recommend a dental inlay or onlay if the damage cannot be repaired by a filling but is not extensive enough to require a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are custom-made dental restorations designed to replace the portion of the tooth that has been lost to decay or damage. While both inlays and onlays are used to repair damaged teeth, they are slightly different. A dental inlay is used when the damage is entirely contained on the chewing surface of the tooth and does not extend to the cusps (the raised points on the tooth). If one or more cusps are also damaged, a dental onlay is used.
Because dental inlays and onlays are custom created for your tooth, you can feel confident that your restoration will fit your tooth comfortably and aesthetically. In many cases, dental onlays and inlays in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, are made of tooth-colored porcelain to blend in seamlessly with your smile’s natural beauty. Generally, the process for receiving a custom inlay or onlay requires just one or two visits to our office. To learn more about dental inlays and onlays, we welcome you to call or visit Dr. Wendy S. Haefner at i smile mathis ferry dentistry today.