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Teeth Inlays and Onlays Coquitlam

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Inlays and Onlays in Coquitlam

Inlays and Onlays are alternatives for dealing with tooth decay rather than dental fillings, crowns, or extraction. They work as a simple method for replacing decayed areas of the tooth, specifically the surface. They tackle the tricky chewing areas on molars that are full of grooves and ridges, and the inlay or onlay is placed on the tooth to replicate that texture.

Inlays vs. Onlays

The main difference between inlays and onlays is their size. For smaller areas of decay that are contained between the ridges of the tooth, an inlay is usually used. If the area is a bit larger but still doesn’t cover the entire tooth, an onlay may be used instead. The decay is still minor and hasn’t progressed to require more in-depth treatment. Custom inlays and onlays use a mould to get the perfect fit.

Comparing to Other Treatments

What makes inlays and onlays different? Dental fillings are usually used for smaller areas of decay when cavities are still minor, and tooth structure is well maintained. Inlays or onlays start to be required when tooth decay begins to disrupt the texture and structure of the tooth. However, that decay has not progressed to require a crown to cover the entire surface of the tooth, and the less invasive inlay/onlay procedure can be used.

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