What's the difference between a crown and an onlay?

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Our Elk Grove dentists offer the option of both dental crowns and onlays for restoration of damaged teeth, to repair decay, or for cosmetic and aesthetic use. Both options offer a strong, natural looking restoration that can be blended seamlessly with your natural teeth.

A dental crown is a cap made of porcelain, gold, or other materials. The cap fits snugly over the tooth to protect fragile dental work beneath. Crowns can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to restore teeth that are already missing or are too damaged to be saved. An implant-supported crown looks and acts just like a real tooth.

Onlays are similar to crowns and are used for many of the same things. The difference between crowns and onlays is that onlays require less removal of your natural tooth structure. Onlays are created to cover only the damaged or decayed part of your tooth, leaving as much healthy tooth in place as possible. This is a good option for teeth that have suffered from decay or damage that is too extensive to repair with a filling but still have a fair amount of healthy tooth structure remaining.

You and your dentist will decide together whether onlays or crowns are the best treatment for you and your teeth. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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