Inlays, Onlays, & Crowns

Inlay, Onlay, Crown

What is the difference between Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns?

They all strengthen and repair a damaged tooth, but generally, the type of restoration we use is determined by the extent of the damage.

  • Inlays – Inlays are used when a cavity has grown too big to be treated with a traditional filling. Made of porcelain and milled to perfectly to fit your tooth, the inlay lies within the cusps of the tooth’s chewing surface.
  • Onlay – Onlays are usually slightly larger and encompass some portion of the tooth cusps themselves. This makes the restoration lie on top of the tooth (or on the outer edge) rather than within the cusps.
  • Crowns provide full restoration for a tooth that has extensive damage or decay. After the tooth is prepared and any decay removed, the crown fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth and can be used normally for biting and chewing.

If you are suffering from a severe cavity or broken/damaged teeth, don’t wait any longer for the problem to worsen. Let us make you a porcelain restoration that perfectly matches the shade of your teeth and brings back their full function!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.


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