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Have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? What do you know about the benefits of these treatments? Briefly, these treatments are especially useful because they can be used to repair damage that a crown or filling isn’t the best option for. But there is more to them than that.

At times, a dental crown may be recommended because it can be used to repair extensive and even structural damage. Inlays and onlays may be useful if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to repair. While inlays and onlays are both designed to repair cavities or tooth decay, inlays are specifically used to deal with damage that does not extend past the center of your tooth. Onlays, conversely, are typically used for damage that does extend beyond the center of the tooth.

There are several benefits to inlays and onlays. You see, these restorations, like crowns and fillings, can help you chew and speak comfortably. But unlike some fillings, inlays and onlays won’t shrink—meaning you won’t need to have them replaced. Similarly, if you care for these restorations well, inlays and onlays can actually last for more than 30 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, please don’t hesitate to contact Barton Oaks Dental Group at 512-327-6947. Dr. Joseph Neeley and our team will be happy to answer any question you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!