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Crown, Bridge, Inlay, or Onlay? How These Restorative Techniques Differ

It is not uncommon for people to need restorative dental treatments to remedy dental health issues or to correct previous dental work that may have proved unsatisfactory. Some of the most common restorative techniques are crowns, bridgework, inlays, and onlays. Knowing the difference between these four techniques can help you understand the best option for your needs and be aware of what to expect during the procedure.

Crowns and Bridges

Bridges and crowns are prosthetic devices. A dentist will cement these devices onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are typically used to entirely cover a damaged tooth or an implant. A dentist will use a bridge to cover a gap if you are missing one or more teeth. Bridges are usually held in place by cement that joins the prosthetic to the natural teeth or implants that are placed on each side of the gap.

Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are very similar types of restoration procedures. The difference is that they cover different areas of the tooth. A dental inlay is used when the space between the rounded edges (cusps) at the center of your tooth’s surface needs to be covered. Dental onlays, also known as “partial crowns,” are used to cover one or more cusps or the complete biting surface of the tooth that needs to be restored.

Choose a Dentist Experienced with Restorative Procedures

When you are in need of advanced restorative dentistry, it is important to choose a professional whose track record proves they can provide the services you need. Don Sing DDS goes above and beyond experience to offer integrated and personalized services that ensure your unique oral health issues are properly corrected. Contact us for a consultation to find out how you can achieve a healthy mouth and smile with confidence!