Differences between Inlays and Fillings

If you have a cavity or your tooth is otherwise damaged, our experienced Phoenix cosmetic dentists may recommend repairing the tooth with a dental filling or a porcelain inlay. These two restorations differ in a few ways:
A porcelain inlay repairs an extensive area of decay. It fills a larger area than a dental filling, but does not remove as much tooth structure as a dental crown.
A dental filling is used for smaller cavities that do not require the coverage of an inlay.
Similar to an inlay, an onlay repairs a cavity or tooth damage, but it extends to one or more cusps of the tooth, while an inlay sits within the cusps. If the tooth is severely broken or decayed, a dental crown may be necessary to restore its strength and function.
When your tooth is broken, cracked or decayed, you depend on your cosmetic dentist to suggest the treatments that will most effectively protect your teeth without detracting from the beauty of your smile. Our cosmetic dentists use porcelain inlays and onlays, porcelain crowns and white dental fillings because these restorations provide optimum aesthetics and function.
If you are searching for an experienced Phoenix cosmetic dentist, please contact Scott LeSueur, DDS & Charles Dodaro, DDS, to schedule a consultation.

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