Inlays & Onlays

Inlays And Onlays Dentists Ann Arbor MiInlays and onlays are a more conservative treatment compared to dental crowns because less natural tooth material is removed. These restorations also differ from fillings in that they are not likely to discolor over time and are specially crafted by our Ann Arbor cosmetic dentists prior to placement. Inlays and onlays also provide strength, durability, and protection.

What Is the Difference Between Inlays & Onlays?

It can be easy to confuse an inlay with an onlay. While they are similar in terms of what they restore, they remain different enough. Commonly, inlays and onlays are used for the treatment of cavities but they can also serve cosmetic purposes.

An inlay is a type of filling that’s pre-molded and fitted into the inner grooves of your tooth. On the other hand, an onlay somewhat resembles a crown but doesn’t cover the entire surface of the tooth. The onlay instead covers one or more cusps (points) on the tooth.

If you get confused, a good way to think about inlays and onlays is to picture them as a middle ground between fillings and crowns.

Benefits of Inlays & Onlays

Our cosmetic dentists understand that seamless restorations are important for a beautiful smile. They also appreciate the conservative approach to dentistry where each decision is calculated and only what is needed is performed. Both inlays and onlays fall into that category.

A few benefits of inlays and onlays include:

  • Compared to crowns, more of the tooth’s natural structure is preserved.
  • Great choice for minimal to moderate tooth decay that reaches into the “flossing area”.
  • Neither is likely to discolor over time due to their aesthetic longevity.
  • Teeth remain easy to clean after being treated with either an inlay or onlay.
  • Both offer a strong and stable fit thanks to the durable material used.

Make an Appointment With Us Today

Our cosmetic dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, can use inlays and onlays to subtly repair teeth in need. Call Liberty Dental today at (734) 994-0909 to request an appointment.