Cracked, broken, and decayed teeth require restoration or they will break down further until they become infected and/or require extraction. At Bullard Dental, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Depending on the extent and location of the damage, we will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown. Different levels of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made to protect your tooth and restore it to its full, healthy, and functioning condition.
Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or crown is due to extensive tooth decay breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix, or an old filling that needs to be replaced. Here’s how these options compare:
Fillings: only fill a small, center portion of the biting surface of your tooth; is not a treatment for extensive damage
Inlays: fill a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp
Onlays: fill and cover the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the rounded ridges (cusps)
Crowns: cover the whole tooth; all or most of the portion visible above your gums
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays can be a great intermediate solution between a filling and a crown. Bullard Dental can help determine if you need an inlay or onlay. If you do, here are some of the benefits:
While considered a relatively “old” technique, inlays/onlays are still the most appropriate and most effective treatment in many cases.
Your tooth can withstand 50-75% more chewing pressure with an inlay or onlay.
Inlays/onlays are a restorative dentistry treatment that holistically heals your tooth.
Inlays/onlays can last longer than fillings.
Inlays/onlays are made with porcelain or resin to match your natural tooth color.
An inlay or onlay is less expensive than a crown.
Sometimes an inlay or onlay can be completed during one dental visit.
An inlay/onlay fits perfectly over your tooth so there will be no bulging that bothers your tongue, cheek, or bite.
Getting an Inlay or Onlay
If you’re in the Augusta area and need an inlay or onlay, Dr. Johnathan Bullard has you covered! Depending on your case, the inlay/onlay treatment will either require one or two trips to the office.
Written by Dr. Bullard
Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams.
Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.