If you’ve been told by your dentist that your smile and oral health could benefit from an inlay or onlay procedure from a dentist near you, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we hear at Silverstone Dental. We hope this helps you gain a better understanding of the multi-disciplinary general, cosmetic, family, and restorative dentistry available from our dentist in Richmond, TX.
Often considered the workhorse of restorative dentistry, inlays, and onlays near you are also called indirect fillings. They are fabricated to be better fitting and cover larger areas of a tooth than a regular dental filling.
Every patient will have their unique need for the procedure, but some of the most common applications for an indirect filling include the repair of large cavities that have damaged the biting surfaces of a tooth, as a supplemental procedure for root canal treatment, and to correct the visual appearance of spacing between teeth.
The easiest way to remember the difference between the two procedures is to look at the root of the word: an inlay sits “in” the cusp of a tooth, whereas an onlay rests “on” top of the cusp.
Our dentist will recommend an inlay or onlay procedure if more than half of your tooth is damaged – either from trauma or decay – but the damage is not severe enough to warrant the costlier treatment of a dental crown.
Several different materials can be used in the procedure, including a tooth-colored material. When you visit us, our dentist will discuss the different material options, including the durability of each one so you can make the best decision for your lifestyle.
Getting started is easy. You can either call our office for an appointment or use our convenient online booking tool.