Tooth decay is a serious problem that can compromise the integrity of your tooth enamel. Left unresolved it can easily develop into serious problems, including infected roots, abscess and even tooth loss. Inlay and onlay fillings can often repair modest size cavities. If a tooth has too little healthy enamel to anchor a filling, it most of the enamel will need to be replaced with a crown.
Inlays and onlays are types of fillings often used on premolars and molars in the back of your mouth. They are usually made from gold or porcelain which is crafted in a dental lab. The difference between inlays and onlays is directly related to the size and location of the cavity. Most
An inlay refers to a filling that only covers the biting surface. An onlay is typically somewhat larger and might include a portion of the side of the tooth as well as the biting surface.
If a large area of decay has compromised too much enamel, or the root has become infected and requires a root canal, then your dentist might recommend a crown. A crown procedure involves the dentist removes excess enamel leaving an abutment. A temporary crown is then cemented over top while a dental lab prepares a permanent crown made from porcelain or gold.
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