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The Difference Between Inlays, Onlays, And Full Crowns

Different dental problems can call for different approaches. Many people think of a full crown when they picture a

dental crown. What you might not realize is that some problems can call for less than a full crown. If the damage to your tooth is more limited, your dentist may see fit to provide you with an inlay or an onlay. An inlay fits between the cusps of teeth, while an onlay can extend over a cusp, and cover more of the tooth, depending on what is called for. When your dentist performs restorative dental work, they will look to ensure that your tooth is fully protected, but they will also take care to use the most conservative method that can guarantee successful protection.

Problems That Can Require A Dental Crown

In many cases, people will need a dental crown after a serious cavity – especially if their tooth was put through a root canal treatment. However, some people will need a dental crown after an injury. An injured tooth will not heal in the way we think of a sprained ankle healing. Serious chips and cracks can call for a crown’s permanent support.

How Regular Dental Appointments Can Lower Your Risk For A Dental Crown

At a regular dental checkup, your dentist may find tooth decay that needs to be eliminated. What you should realize is that if you had not attended your regular checkup, that cavity would have had the chance to continue growing. Early detection and intervention makes it easier to avoid problems that require a dental crown. When these smaller cavities are treated, your dentist can fix your tooth with a dental filling.

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