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Have you ever bitten into something only to hear something crack in your mouth? Similarly, have you ever lost just a piece of your tooth? Naturally, if this happens you may wonder about what your options are. For instance, you may have heard about dental crowns and fillings—which could both be viable options—but have you ever heard of inlays and onlays?

You see, inlays and onlays are usually recommended when your 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 think you may have damage that can be fixed with an inlay or onlay, please don’t hesitate to call us. Our dentist, Dr. Feldman, and team will be able to assess your mouth’s unique needs and help you develop a treatment plan. To schedule an appointment, please call James K Feldman DDS at 202-362-8412. We’re eager to receive your call.