If your tooth has been cracked or fractured, our friendly team at Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge may recommend a dental crown to repair moderate damage or a filling to restore moderate damage. However, if your tooth is not damaged enough to justify a crown and too damaged for a filling to be effective, our friendly dentist, Dr. Rita D. Wright, may recommend a dental inlay or onlay.
A dental inlay is a dental restoration that is similar to a filling, but is only used inside the cusps, or the bumps, of the tooth. Conversely, a dental onlay is used to cover more than one cusp. A dental onlay is extensive enough that it is sometimes referred to as a dental crown.
With proper care, a dental inlay or onlay can last for several years. Dental inlays can be made of porcelain, gold or composite resin, which is a combination of glass and plastic. One of the benefits to using porcelain and composite resin is the fact that it can be matched to the color and shape of your natural teeth. If you are interested in the benefits of a dental inlay or onlay in Woodbridge, Virginia, we urge you to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.