What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
As a comprehensive dental practice, we are excited to bring a range of effective treatment options for improving the smiles and oral health of our patients. For those who have restorative needs that are more than what a filling can provide but not quite a full dental crown, our team offers dental inlays and onlays. These high-quality restorations are custom made to treat decayed or damaged back teeth either in a direct method (within the mouth) or an indirect way (in our partner dental lab). While inlays are placed within the center portions of the chewing surfaces of teeth, onlays (also referred to as partial crowns) cover the chewing surface along with at least one tooth cusp to return function and appearance to teeth. One of our skilled general dentists can customize inlays and onlays with a range of materials, including porcelain, composite, or metal (often gold) to rebuild damaged teeth and return function to oral health. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 wants you and your family to enjoy the best oral health dentistry has to offer. For more information on treating decayed or damaged teeth with an inlay or onlay, get in touch with our Houston, TX team to make your treatment consultation.
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Who Is a Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Teeth in the back of the mouth that have suffered moderate damage, like fractures or cavities, may benefit from the placement of a dental inlay or onlay. In cases where a simple filling will not provide enough support yet a crown offers more coverage than what is needed, we may recommend an inlay or onlay to repair a tooth. These high-quality direct and indirect restorations are custom made precisely to rebuild tooth structure to its former appearance and strengthen a tooth to endure normal biting and chewing functions. During your evaluation at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, our team will take digital x-rays of your tooth to fully evaluate the extent of damage or decay. Depending on your needs, we may recommend a direct or indirect dental inlay or suggest another method for repairing your tooth. Inlays and onlays are made to blend evenly with your teeth and feel like a natural part of your smile. The ideal material for your oral health needs and aesthetic preferences can also be determined at that time.
What Can I Expect With Dental Inlays and Onlays?
As a patient of our family dental practice, you can always expect our team to consider your comfort as a high priority. we take a gentle approach in providing inlay and onlay restorations and will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic for a pleasant dental visit. Sedation dentistry is also an option if you are nervous about receiving dental care. When you are ready, we will use advanced dental instruments to thoroughly clean out decayed or damaged areas within your tooth and prepare it to receive the restoration. Inlays and onlays may be made with a direct method (inside the mouth) using tooth-colored composite resin, or in an indirect method (in a dental lab) from porcelain or gold. If an indirect inlay or onlay is needed for your oral health, we will take an impression of your prepared tooth from which our lab will custom create your restoration. We will place a temporary filling, in such a case, and bring you back in about 1 – 2 weeks later when your inlay or onlay is sent to our practice from the lab. Our team will remove the temporary and cement your inlay or onlay in place. To ensure a comfortable bite and aesthetic appearance, we will polish and adjust your new restoration as needed.
How Can I Care for My Inlay or Onlay?
After your tooth is prepared for an inlay or onlay, it is important to wait until the anesthetic wears off until you eat to minimize the risk of biting your soft tissues. The recovery process after having your tooth restored with an inlay or onlay is very similar to that of a dental filling. Your tooth may seem a little sensitive for a few days, but this should resolve. Managing your oral health with thorough brushing and flossing each day and keeping routine appointments for dental cleanings and exams is the best way to protect the health of your smile. When you visit Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 for your dental checkups, our team will be sure to evaluate the function and integrity of your inlay or onlay. When cared for and maintained properly, these restorations can last for several years. Please get in touch with our practice if your restoration ever feels loose or you have any concerns about your smile.
Are Dental Inlays and Onlays Covered by Insurance?
Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 accepts most major PPO dental plans and will work to help you maximize your insurance benefits. To learn if dental inlays and onlays are a covered benefit under your plan, we will get in touch with your provider and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. We want you to enjoy quality dental care and better oral health so we offer a range of easy payment options for any personal expenses. Low-cost payment plans may also be an option through our finance partner, CareCredit®.
Natural-Looking Tooth Restorations
If you have a tooth that is too damaged to repair with a filling but does not need the full coverage of a dental crown, an inlay or onlay may be a great solution. Inlays and onlays are high-quality restorations made of tooth-colored composite, porcelain, or metal designed to repair teeth in the back of the mouth. We custom-create these restorations in a direct or indirect method to return function and aesthetics to the smile. Treating tooth decay or damage as early as possible may help minimize your need for more complex dental procedures. Schedule your visit at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 in Houston, TX today to learn if an inlay or onlay is right for you.