On the top surfaces of each of your teeth are between one and five raised parts called cusps. Depending on whether the damage to your tooth is contained within these cusps or extends to one or more of these cusps, either an inlay or an onlay will be used to restore the tooth.
An inlay is crafted to fit within the cusps of a damaged tooth. Once it has been bonded into place, it blends flawlessly into the tooth, restoring its function and appearance. An onlay differs only in that it covers at least one of the cusps of the tooth.
As stated above, if you are a candidate for a conventional metal filling, you are probably also a candidate for an inlay or onlay. As long as there is enough remaining tooth structure to support the inlay or onlay, you are a good candidate for treatment. Of course, as with any dental treatment, you must be willing to follow all post-procedural instructions provided to you by Dr. Caggiano to ensure the longevity of your inlay or onlay.
If the damage to your tooth is too extensive to be treated with an inlay or onlay, then Dr. Caggiano may recommend that it be covered with a dental crown. Like inlays and onlays, dental crowns are crafted from the finest materials to ensure a completely natural appearance. However, unlike inlays and onlays, dental crowns are customized to replicate the entire visible surface area of the tooth.
To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for an inlay or an onlay, please contact Seattle’s Best Smiles today.
For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.