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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?

However, do you know when you’ll need a dental inlay or a dental onlay? You see, the main difference between these treatments is simply how far they’ll extend. Onlays will cover you cusps, while inlays will not. Fortunately, these treatments are extremely useful if you’ve had a filling fall out. However, since many different materials can be used for these treatments, we recommend speaking to our dentist to get the best fit for you.

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.

Like many crowns, inlays and onlays often require two appointments to be placed. During the first appointment, our team will take a mold of your mouth to make sure your restoration fits perfectly into your unique smile. Usually, our team will place a temporary restoration until your next appointment. During the second appointment, your restoration will be placed.

If you damage your tooth and would like to hear more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact Matthew Jelinek at 952.233.1020. Our dentist, Dr. Matthew Jelinek, 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.