Dental Inlays and Onlays in Stone Oak, TX
Patients ask us about inlays and onlays here at EvoDent Dental in Stone Oak, TX. It’s a fair topic to be confused about. After all, fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns are similar in many aspects. The differences between them are minute and can be hard to know.
We’ve been providing patients with inlays and onlays in Stone Oak, TX for a long time. We know how to do them with the highest efficiency while keeping our patients comfortable. To avoid any confusion, we also give our patients instructions on what they can and can’t do after getting an inlay or an onlay.
Inlays are used to fill dental cavities. Does that make them fillings? The answer is no. A filling is used to fill a small cavity. Sometimes, however, cavities are too big for fillings and need inlays. If a tooth has decay or a broken part that doesn’t affect the cusp, inlays would be great as a restorative option.
Large cavities can’t be treated by fillings because there’s not much left of the tooth to support a filling. That’s when an inlay would work. Inlays can be made of different materials. Most people prefer porcelain or composite resin because their color is like that of teeth. Gold inlays, however, are the most durable.
Onlays are larger than inlays and cover more of the tooth. While inlays occupy the inside of the tooth, onlays also extend to cover one or more of the cusps. Cusps are present on the biting surface. Both inlays and onlays are placed using similar procedures.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the affected tooth, so you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. We’ll then remove any debris or decayed tissue. Measurements will be taken and sent to a lab that will manufacture the inlay or onlay. Once we get them back from the lab, we’ll need you to come in for a second visit so we can fit you with your permanent inlay or onlay.
We’ll answer any questions you might have and tell you what to expect after the procedure in addition to instructions to follow.