When it comes to tooth decay treatment, you might’ve heard of getting dental fillings or crowns. But fillings typically only fill tiny cavities, while dental crowns can fix deeper, more extensive cavities. Is there a perfect, “just right” general dentistry solution for cavities that are sizes in-between?
At BLVD Dental Aesthetics, Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Daniel Adelpour offers dental inlays and onlays as alternatives to traditional cavity treatments. Serving as a “Goldilocks Solution” for mid-size cavities, inlays and onlays are more substantial than a dental filling and less intrusive than a dental crown.
Before discussing the differences between dental onlays and inlays, we have to give a brief anatomy lesson on the tooth’s cusp. The cusp is the tooth’s elevated, pointed, or projected part. If you run your tongue along the top of your teeth, you can feel ridges and valleys. The pointed, top part of the ridge is a cusp.
Inlays and onlays resemble a hybrid between a dental filling and a crown. In their most basic definitions, the significant difference is that:
Like dental crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth after damage or decay. With that, some issues that inlays and onlays can rectify are:
The process of getting a dental inlay or onlay is like getting a traditional dental crown: