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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 from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is the use of an inlay or onlay.

An inlay is like 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 choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed. The inlay or onlay is permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to complete the process.

Inlays and onlays shield the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous. They are among the restorative dentistry options at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for dental implants, and all their dental care needs. Call to schedule an appointment today!

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901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California

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