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Have you ever bit down into something, only to hear or feel your tooth crack? Similarly, have you ever had pieces of your teeth fall out? If so, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Sadly, ignoring this problem can lead to negative consequences. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fix your problem—but please remember to consider inlays and onlays.

You see, inlays and onlays are usually recommended when you’re decay is large enough to undermine your tooth integrity, is too large to be filled by a filling, but doesn’t need a crown. Fortunately, an inlay is an option you may consider, though they can be made from several materials.

Still, what is the difference between an inlay and an onlay? In reality, the two are very similar. The main difference between the two is that an onlay extends over the cusps of your teeth while inlays extend to your cusps.

Like many crowns, inlays and onlays often require two appointments to be placed. During the first appointment, our team will take a mold of your mouth to make sure your restoration fits perfectly into your unique smile. Usually, our team will place a temporary restoration until your next appointment. During the second appointment, your restoration will be placed.

If you damage your tooth and would like to hear more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact DM Family Dentistry at 773.252.5757. Our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal, and our team will examine your unique situation and help you find the best solution possible. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to give us a call.