Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 5

Inlays, Onlays, and Overlays

When a tooth has decay or damage that is too large for a traditional filling but not enough for a crown, inlays, onlays, or overlays can fill the gap. An inlay is typically a specially molded ceramic piece designed to fit on top of a tooth between cusps. An onlay is molded to fit on top of a tooth with at least one cusp included. An overlay is molded to fit on top of a tooth when all cusps and the entire top of the tooth are covered. These fittings are typically more durable than a filling and are custom molded for an exact fit. Other materials used for inlays, onlays, and overlays are made of composite materials or gold, which is noted to be the most durable.

Inlays, onlays, and overlays are primarily used in molars and premolars. Overlays are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling but not so much damage that an entire crown is needed. The key comparison between them is the amount and part of the tooth that they cover. An inlay will incorporate the pits and fissures of a tooth, mainly encompassing the chewing surface between the cusps. Whereas an onlay will involve one or more cusps being covered. If all cusps are covered, that is an overlay. When the entire surface of the tooth is covered this is called a crown.

In Summary

Dr. TJ Habashi at Gardens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry has years of experience in performing the specialized services of cosmetic dentistry. When you need teeth whitening, implants, veneers, inlays, onlays, or just routine dental care, Gardens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry keeps you smiling.

Gardens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is conveniently located at
 3575 S Town Center Dr #120, Las Vegas, NV 89135. You may call and schedule your appointment at (702) 867-2877 today!