What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option at Dennis J. Coleman DDS in Davidson is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth.

In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its initial dimension.

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. After the damaged area is removed the inlay or onlay is formed to accurately fit your tooth and bite.

Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

At Dennis J. Coleman DDS in Davidson, inlays and onlays are among our complete general dentistry services. Patients from Huntersville, Cornelius, and Lake Norman come here for these, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dennis J Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry:


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460 S Main St Ste 101
Davidson, North Carolina


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