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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.

Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time. Inlays and onlays don’t shrink and are also extremely durable and stable. Finally, inlays and onlays won’t stain and can last for up to 30 years.

Do you have more questions about how you can deal with tooth decay? Are you interested in learning more about why you should consider the benefits of an inlay or an onlay? Would you like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein? If so, we invite you to call Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS at 510-482-5700. We’re eager to receive your call.