Inlays & Onlays for Dental Patients in West Virginia & Ohio

What are Dental Inlays/Onlays For?

While still considered to be cosmetic dentistry, there is a very important functional aspect to an inlay or onlay. This procedure repairs the chewing surface of your teeth, allowing you to chew better and without causing more damage. Dental inlays and onlays are considered to be a more conservative option than crowns because they strengthen tooth structure, as opposed to weakening it. In fact, studies show that teeth that have been treated with an inlay or onlay have anywhere from 50% to 75% more chewing strength than those that have not. If you are interested in enhancing your smile and overall oral health, contact Hardesty Dental Associates in Parkersburg, WV, today!

What is the Difference Between an Inlay & Onlay?

While it is important to speak with your dentist before any decisions have been made regarding your oral care, an inlay or onlay might be a viable option for you if you have chipped or damaged teeth. The only major difference between an inlay and an onlay are that inlays are used to repair the cusps or tips of the teeth, whereas onlays are used for more structurally damaged teeth.

Benefits of Dental Inlays/Onlays

There are many benefits of dental inlays and onlays that can improve the appearance, health, and functionality of your teeth. For instance, dental inlays are designed to be inconspicuous, which allows for you to retain a natural-looking smile. Also, while there are other options for repairing damaged teeth, this method offers many other advantages, including:

• Natural tooth preservation
• Teeth are strengthened and have better structure
• Will not contract/expand with temperatures

• Less likely to crack
• Durable
• Promotes healthy gums
• & more!

Inlays and onlays