Inlays and Onlays in San Mateo
Often when a tooth is broken or chipped, there’s a lot of discomfort that comes with it. It may become difficult to eat, speak clearly, and may be painful. You would think that a crown would be needed to protect the tooth, but in some cases an inlay or onlay with do just as well. Want to know the difference? Read along to take a look at what makes inlays and onlays so effective.
Inlays vs Onlays: What’s the Difference?
If you picture the top surface of a tooth, or feel a tooth with your tongue, you’ll realize that each tooth has ridges and corners, known as cusps. If a tooth has one or more broken cusps, these can be replaced with an acrylic onlay. If the tooth surface is broken in between the cusps, it can be restored with an acrylic inlay.
When you consult with Drs. T. Jeff and Diana C. Powers, you’ll receive an oral health evaluation in order to determine if an inlay or onlay is needed. For cases where the tooth needs extra protection, a dental crown may be considered for better coverage.
Are They Similar to Crowns?
While an inlay or onlay covers a certain amount of the tooth surface, only a dental crown can encapsulate more of the surface area. For this reason, they are typically reserved for patients who have done irreversible damage to their tooth, are afflicted by disease, or have recently undergone a root canal.
Ask Our Dentists Which is Best for You
If you have suffered recent damage to the surface of your tooth, and are unsure of which treatment is best for you, it’s best to speak with a dental professional. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Drs. Jeff and Diana Powers, where you can ask questions and determine which treatment fits your situation. We proudly serve patients in the San Mateo, CA area and beyond.