What are crowns, inlays, and onlays?
Dental crowns, inlays, and onlays are different ways of fixing troubles with a tooth. Depending on the type of dental problem, it might be necessary to:
- Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
- Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
- Receive a complete “makeover” on the affected tooth
For cases like these, crowns are often the most logical option. While inlays and onlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth. This is why crowns are sometimes referred to as “caps.” A part of your tooth remains but is essentially rebuilt to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
If much of your tooth structure is gone or decayed, but not so great as to need a cap to fully cover the tooth, an inlay or onlay may be recommended. Inlays and onlays are more conservative and maintain as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Are crowns, inlays, or onlays right for you?
For more information about inlay, onlays, and dental crowns in Gaithersburg, Maryland, give Alluring Smiles, LLC a call at 301-637-6155. We’d be happy to schedule you for a consultation with the dentist to determine which treatment best suits your needs. Every tooth is different, and Dr. Maria Hayes will talk with you about your individual situation.