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You probably know that if you’re coping with tooth decay, you need to visit your dentist to address the issue. You may expect your dentist to offer a cavity or a crown to address your issue—but did you know that a dental inlay or a dental onlay could be what you need?

At times, a dental crown may be recommended because it can be used to repair extensive and even structural damage. Inlays and onlays may be useful if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to repair. While inlays and onlays are both designed to repair cavities or tooth decay, inlays are specifically used to deal with damage that does not extend past the center of your tooth. Onlays, conversely, are typically used for damage that does extend beyond the center of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time. Inlays and onlays don’t shrink, and are also extremely durable and stable. Finally, inlays and onlays won’t stain and can last for up to 30 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 802-879-7811. Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD and our team will be happy to answer any question you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!