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Inlays and Onlays for Broken Teeth

Written By Smile Arts Dental on March 20, 2022

woman smiling and pointing at healthy teeth

Broken teeth can not only be a source of pain - they can also affect the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Traditional covers for damaged teeth like crowns and bridges are typically not suitable for broken teeth, but you don’t have to live with your discomfort. At Smile Arts Dental in Carmel, IN, our professional dental inlays and onlays can restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. 

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental devices that are used to cover areas of a tooth that have been damaged. They are usually made of an enamel-colored resin or ceramic material that is shaded to match the hue of your pre-existing teeth. These dental devices are created according to imprints of your teeth, so you can rest assured that your inlay or onlay will be perfectly fitted to your smile. 

Is there a difference between inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays serve similar purposes, but there are a few specific differences between the two dental devices. They are both used to cover decayed or damaged teeth; however, they are designed to protect different areas of your teeth. An inlay will cover cavities or the ‘cusp’ of your tooth (the area that is indented on the top). Conversely, an onlay will shield larger areas of your tooth - in fact, they are occasionally known as ‘partial crowns.’ 

Why are inlays and onlays necessary? 

Inlays and onlays can be used to repair teeth that have been broken due to dental trauma. This can result from a sports injury, motor vehicle accident, or even biting down on particularly hard foods like popcorn kernels. Your dentist can evaluate your injury during your appointment and advise you on the best option for your specific needs. 

Inlays and onlays can also be used to repair teeth that are fractured, cracked, or severely decayed. Studies show that these dental devices have a success rate of more than 90 percent, making them the ideal choice for restoring your broken tooth. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

Revitalize your broken teeth with our professional inlays and onlays at Smile Arts Dental. To schedule an appointment or request a consultation, call (317) 575-1995 or send us a message here.

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