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InLay and Crown Services

Dr. Maria Chartz, DMD


Inlays, Onlays, Crown & Bridges

When a filling is no longer the best treatment choice, through proper training and experience, we determine if the tooth needs an inlay, onlay, or full-coverage crown.

A dental filling vs inlay

They both are often used interchangeably but inlays are for bigger cavities. While they both remove existing decay, how the empty space is filled makes them different. With a filling, the composite material is used for filling the space and it is a quick process which happens in single visit.

In Inlays, the space is filled with a single piece fabricated in the lab. They are usually made of gold and ceramic. The inlay is precisely made in the shape and size of the cavity space. And due to it being customized to fit margins precisely recurrent decay is less likely.  This procedure is indicated when someone has larger decay and is also more prone to decay.

Onlays vs Crown

They are major single-tooth restoration options used for filling larger area of decay where a filling or inlay would not work. The Onlay covers the cusp of the tooth while inlay only fills the area between the cusps. On the other hand, a crown will cover the entire biting surface of the tooth and the tooth structure above gum line. The cost of both is almost similar but Onlay is more conservative on the cut of the tooth and dependent on how much tooth is compromised.

Example of Crown Installation


Example of Crown Installation


When a filling is no longer the best treatment choice, through proper training and experience, we determine if the tooth needs an inlay, onlay, or full-coverage crown.

A dental filling vs inlay

They both are often used interchangeably but inlays are for bigger cavities. While they both remove existing decay, how the empty space is filled makes them different. With a filling, the composite material is used for filling the space and it is a quick process which happens in single visit.

In Inlays, the space is filled with a single piece fabricated in the lab. They are usually made of gold and ceramic. The inlay is precisely made in the shape and size of the cavity space. And due to it being customized to fit margins precisely recurrent decay is less likely.  This procedure is indicated when someone has larger decay and is also more prone to decay.

Onlays vs Crown

They are major single-tooth restoration options used for filling larger area of decay where a filling or inlay would not work. The Onlay covers the cusp of the tooth while inlay only fills the area between the cusps. On the other hand, a crown will cover the entire biting surface of the tooth and the tooth structure above gum line. The cost of both is almost similar but Onlay is more conservative on the cut of the tooth and dependent on how much tooth is compromised.

Our Services

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

A dental treatment procedure that addresses and corrects poorly aligned jaws and worn, missing, broken or crooked teeth.

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Inlays, Onlays, Crown, & Bridges

When a filling is no longer the best treatment choice, through proper training and experience, we determine if the tooth needs an inlay, onlay, or full-coverage crown.

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Implant Restorations

Dental Implants are a new alternative in tooth replacement. The procedure consists of two stages: placement of a replacement tooth root at your dental specialist’s office and a tooth replacement (crown) at our office.

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Cosmetic Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.

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Dentures/ Partial Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile if you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health.

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Fillings/Composite (Resin)

Composite resin is a type of filling material designed to perform restorative functions with chips, and cracks. It can also be used for filling cavities.

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Better Oral Health Through Nutrition

Research shows a link between oral health, Alzheimer’s Disease and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So eating a variety of foods as part of a well-balanced diet may not only improve your dental health, but increasing fiber and vitamin intake may also reduce the risk of other diseases.

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