Project Description

INLAYS & ONLAYS

Canyon Lakes Dentistry
Dr. Tito Molina

Instead of a filling, an inlay can be used to replace small amounts of lost tooth structure caused by decay. Much like a filling, an inlay fits inside the tooth cusp. A cusp is a cone-shaped prominence, which sticks up from the edges of the tooth. Previously, inlays were commonly made of gold, however, times have changed. Just in the past five years, dental techniques, treatments, technology, and materials have advanced.

Nowadays, we use tooth-colored materials to create dental inlays, made of ceramic, porcelain, or composite material. An inlay may also be used to replace unsightly fillings with a tooth-colored inlay. By utilizing a bonding process, inlays are bonded directly to your teeth to improve the strength of said tooth – sealing the tooth and inlay together.

A dental onlay fits inside of your tooth, extending onto the chewing surface – replacing one or more cusps. Although onlays were originally made of gold, they are now made by utilizing materials that match a patient’s teeth. Nowadays, onlays are made with ceramic or porcelain, as it bonds well with teeth. Overall, the bonding process ensures the strength of the tooth improves, and stays put. In order to determine whether naturally colored inlays or onlays work best for you, it’s best to speak with your dentist.

Dental crowns often require the total removal of tooth enamel, in order to make room for the crown. Inlays and onlays on the other hand, don’t require the removal of structure or enamel, and bond directly to the teeth. It’s best to consult your dentist, in order to determine which is the best option for you. From dental crowns, to inlays and onlays, you can bet there is a dental solution for your situation.

We welcome patients from Katy and neighboring locations.

In addition to providing dental inlays and onlays, we also provide dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, and a wide range of additional dental services.

(281) 609-6924
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