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Inlay and Onlay Restorations

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used as an alternative to full-coverage dental crowns. These dental restorations offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer-lasting reparative solution to tooth decay. Inlays and onlays can also be used in place of dental fillings. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a single dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth.

An inlay restoration is when the material is bonded within the center of the tooth. An onlay restoration is similar to an inlay restoration except that the extent of the damage requires the inclusion of one or more cusps (the pointed portion of the tooth on the biting surface) on the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are highly durable and with proper care, can last for many years. Some reasons for needing these restorations include large, failing restorations, lost fillings, or fractured cusps.

The advantages and benefits of inlays and onlays are as follows:

Tooth color – Inlays and onlays are not likely to discolor over time.

Superior fit – This conservative approach preserves as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Tight space fulfillments – Inlays are best for sealing teeth to keep out bacteria.

Strength and stability – Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay.

Tooth structure safeguard – Since the fit is tailored at all edges and preparation is minimal, your tooth will be easier to clean.

Weak tooth protector – An onlay can protect the weak areas of the tooth and the procedure does not require the complete reshaping of the tooth.

Dr. Diem Do provides high-quality dental services

Dr. Diem Do set up his private practice after graduating from the University of New Orleans and LSU School of Dentistry. He follows continuing education for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Tami Nguyen is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and LSU School of Dentistry. Both are members of top professional organizations like the American Dental Association and New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations. They are trusted and respected by the community for their high-quality dental services.

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