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Have you ever bitten into something only to hear something crack in your mouth? Similarly, have you ever lost just a piece of your tooth? Naturally, if this happens you may wonder about what your options are. For instance, you may have heard about dental crowns and fillings—which could both be viable options—but have you ever heard of inlays and onlays?

You see, inlays and onlays are usually recommended when your decay is large enough to undermine your tooth integrity, is too large to be filled by a filling, but doesn’t need a crown. Fortunately, an inlay is an option you may consider, though they can be made from several materials.

Still, what is the difference between an inlay and an onlay? In reality, the two are very similar. The main difference between the two is that an onlay extends over the cusps of your teeth while inlays extend to your cusps.

However, if you decide on an inlay or an onlay, there are a few things you should know. For example, did you know that having this restoration placed will probably take two appointments to place? During your first appointment, our team will create a mold of your tooth so you can have an accurate, custom restoration. During your second appointment, your inlay or onlay will be placed.

If you damage your tooth and would like to hear more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact Oceanview Dental at 760.433.0393. Our dentist, Dr. James Hargas, and our team will examine your unique situation and help you find the best solution possible. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to give us a call.