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What is the Difference Between a Crown and an Onlay?

July 29, 2013

Fillings are a great, simple solution when your tooth is suffering from a cavity. Unfortunately, as your teeth are filled and filled again over the years, eventually there won’t be enough tooth structure left to support another filling. When this happens, we recommend using a crown or an onlay.

At Dr. Giamberardino’s dental office, sometimes patients ask us about the differences between a crown and an onlay. While both of these are great restorative treatments that can return function and appearance to a tooth, they are better for different situations.

A crown is a cap for your tooth and is best suited for restoring teeth with extensive decay. An onlay is a more conservative treatment that’s better suited to a tooth with less decay because it covers a portion of the tooth. Dr. Giamberardino will determine the right solution depending on how much of your natural tooth structure remains.

Crowns and onlays are great solutions for teeth that have become damaged or decayed beyond what can be repaired by a filling. If you have a tooth in need of repair, give us a call today and see how we can help restore your smile.

Giamberardino Dental Care provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry from our Medford, MA dental office. We serve patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding communities. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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