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Are you familiar with dental inlays and onlays? Do you know any of the benefits of receiving a dental inlay or onlay? We may recommend one or both of these treatments to repair tooth damage that a crown or filling isn’t right for, and they offer many more benefits.

A dental crown is often recommended to repair extensive structural damage in a tooth, but if the tooth isn’t that badly injured, inlays or onlays can fill the area of a cavity that is too big for a dental filling. While both inlays and onlays can repair cavities or tooth decay, our dentist can use inlays to address damage that is contained to the center of your tooth, while onlays are often used for damage that extends beyond the cusps of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are often preferred because they preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible, which makes cleaning your teeth much more simple. Unlike some composite and traditional dental fillings, which can shrink with time, inlays and onlays are more durable and less likely to shrink. Inlays and onlays are also stain resistant and can last as long as 30 years.

Would you like to hear more about why it helps to consider the benefits of dental inlays and onlays in Metairie, Louisiana? Please feel free to contact the office of Robert Rebert, Jr., DDS at 504-885-7510 for a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robert Rebert.