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Dental Inlays and Onlays

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Dr. Ghorbani Dental Inlay and Onlay Service in Burke, Fairfax

When tooth decay or damage is too severe and a filling will not properly restore tooth function, you may need a dental inlay or onlay. As opposed to a dental crown, dental inlays and onlays preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dr. Pejman Ghorbani provides dental inlay and onlay services in Burke for patients in need of this option for severe tooth damage or decay.

Dental Inlays vs. Dental Onlays

Though similar restorations, dental inlays and onlays cover different proportions of the tooth. A dental inlay fills the spaces between the cusps, or round edges, at the center or the tooth surface. A dental onlay covers one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Both usually are composed of ceramic or porcelain similar to a natural tooth color.

Inlays and Onlays vs Dental Crown

The material used are to make inlays and onlays are the same as a crown; therefore, some refer to dental inlays and dental onlays as “partial crowns”. Additionally, the same techniques are used to prepare a tooth for an inlay or onlay as a crown. However…

A dental crown is the preferred treatment plan for a number of oral problems including:

  • Holding together parts of a broken tooth
  • Restoring a tooth after root canal
  • Repairing large spots of decay
  • Fixing a faulty or broken filling
  • Restoring a chipped or cosmetically damaged tooth
  • Strengthening a weak tooth
  • Restoring a dental implant
  • Non-implant supported tooth replacement (as part of a dental bridge)

When might a dental inlay or onlay might be recommended?

When there has been extensive damage from tooth decay, a composite filling may no longer be your best option. But if enough tooth integrity remains, the need of a dental crown may only be a last resort. Dr. Ghorbani might recommend a dental inlay or onlay to preserve as much natural tooth structure.

Take Action for Your Oral Health Today!

If you are living with a damaged or decayed tooth, or if you have already lost one or more teeth, don’t wait another day to benefit from a dental bridge or crown. Dr. Ghorbani, your dentist in Burke, can rescue your tooth and fill the gaps left behind after tooth loss — but only if you take action! We invite you to request an appointment today.