What is an inlay?
A dental inlay is a type of restoration used when a tooth is decayed or damaged. If the damage is not extensive enough to require the use of a crown, our dentist may suggest a dental inlay to preserve more of the natural tooth structure. The inlay replaces only the decayed portion of the tooth, fitting within the cusps of the tooth.
What is an onlay?
A dental onlay is similar to an inlay, but it is used when the damage is slightly more extensive. While an inlay repairs damage contained within the cusps, an onlay includes one or more tooth cusps. Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns because they are more conservative than crowns and are made in a similar way. Each inlay and onlay is custom made at a dental laboratory to precisely fit your smile.
While they can be made from several different materials, including gold, dental inlays and onlays are often created from porcelain in order to blend in with the natural beauty of your smile. With a custom-made dental inlay or onlay in Savannah, Georgia, no one will be able to tell that your tooth was damaged or decayed. For more information and to set up your next appointment with Dr. Michael J. Groover, we invite you to contact us at Groover Family Dentistry today.