Many people have at least one filling, so you are probably familiar with the concept, but you might not be aware of the different types of fillings and when to use them. Katy Dental Experts can provide you with an inlay or onlay in addition to standard fillings to fill in the gaps in your teeth.
Inlays are a dental restoration that is molded to fit into the grooves of your teeth. The chewing surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury is molded and fitted with inlays. They are used to repair a back tooth’s large chewing surface and to fill larger cavities where a traditional filling would be insufficient.
We use a solid, custom-formed material to create a dental inlay. Inlays are either cast into shape with gold or milled into shape with porcelain, depending on the cavity size and depth. Speak with us for more information about the material that is right for you.
Onlays are a dental restoration that is larger than inlays but smaller than a dental crown. They are used to fill larger cavities that extend over a tooth’s cusps.
Dental onlays are made of solid, custom-made material, similar to inlays. They can treat a cavity in the chewing surface’s central region, as well as one or more tooth cusps. Onlays improve the tooth’s strength while also protecting the decayed area.
Onlays are also known as “partial crowns” because they perform the same function as crowns but only cover a portion of the tooth rather than the entire thing. As long as the onlays are properly attached to the tooth, they would last as long as a crown.
Your tooth will be restored to its full strength and structure, whether you have a filling, an inlay, or an onlay, so you can bite and chew without fear of your tooth crumbling.
The materials we have for inlays and onlays are gold, composite, or ceramic materials. If you are ready to get the smile of your dreams, schedule a dental appointment and visit us now in Katy. We will assist you in selecting the best option and material for you!