Dental Inlays and Onlays
Our dentists can prevent large cavities from destroying your tooth structure by placing dental inlays and onlays on your teeth. These restorations are customized restorations to give you a sturdier, more reliable restoration. Whether your tooth has suffered from a large cavity, an insufficient filling, or severe damage, a dental inlay or onlay can restore your teeth and preserve the beauty of your smile.
What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration that are used to repair a moderate amount of tooth damage. Typically, these restorations are used when a dental filling is insufficient to repair a tooth, but there is not enough damage to necessitate a dental crown.
A dental inlay is used to repair the biting surface of a tooth, typically a back molar. On the other hand, an onlay is used to repair a tooth when the damage covers a larger area of the tooth and extends to or past the cusps (the outer edges of the biting surface).
Inlays and Onlays Treatment
Getting a dental inlay or onlay is similar to receiving other dental restorations. Drs. Umansky, Nikmard and Elmore will begin your treatment by creating an impression of your teeth, which will then be sent to a dental laboratory. Here, dental specialists will use the impression to design and create a customized inlay or onlay. Once finished, it will be sent back to our office. Before applying your onlay or inlay, our dentists will remove any damage to your tooth. Next, we will make sure your restoration fits properly before cementing it into place.
Types of Inlays and Onlays
There are three main types of dental inlays and onlays available:
- Composite resin
When you visit Aesthetic Dentistry Associates for your dental restorations, our dentists will examine your teeth and discuss your preferences to determine if dental inlays and onlays are right for you, and which type of material will be best for your situation.
If you would like to learn more about dental inlays and onlays in Humble, Texas, we invite you to contact our practice at (281) 973-7902. Our dentists can help your smile reach its full health and beauty.