What is an inlay?

An inlay is a type of dental restoration that can be used to restore a tooth after it has suffered from damage or decay. A dental inlay is similar to a filling, but they are made in slightly different ways; a filling is shaped directly on the tooth, while a dental inlay in Greenville, North Carolina, is made separately and then cemented to the tooth. Dental inlays can be used when the damage is not extensive enough to require the use of a crown.

What is an onlay?

A dental onlay is just like a dental inlay, but it is used to restore more serious damage. An inlay is used when the damage is contained within the cusps of the tooth, while an onlay can be utilized to restore damage that extends to the cusps of the tooth.

Do I need an inlay or onlay?

Dr. Natalie B. McCarthy will carefully assess your oral health and discuss the available restoration options with you to help you decide whether a dental inlay or onlay is right for your smile. Dental inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain. Porcelain restorations are popular because the shade of porcelain is matched to your natural tooth for a beautiful, natural-looking result. For more information about dental inlays and onlays, and to set up your next visit with our dentist, please contact us soon.