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Inlays, Onlays, & Crowns

Inlay, Onlay & Crown

What is the difference between Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns?

They all strengthen and repair a damaged tooth, but generally, the type of restoration we use is determined by the extent of the damage.

  • Inlays – Inlays are used when a cavity has grown too big to be treated with a traditional filling. Made of porcelain and milled to perfectly fit your tooth, the inlay lies within the cusps of the tooth’s chewing surface.
  • Onlay – Onlays are usually slightly larger and encompass some portion of the tooth cusps themselves. This makes the restoration lie on top of the tooth (or on the outer edge) rather than within the cusps.
  • Crowns provide full restoration for a tooth that has extensive damage or decay. After the tooth is prepared and any decay removed, the crown fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth and can be used normally for biting and chewing.

If you are suffering from a severe cavity or broken/damaged teeth, don’t wait any longer for the problem to worsen. Let us make you a porcelain restoration that perfectly matches the shade of your teeth and brings back their full function!

About William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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