Inlays and Onlays
In situations where tooth decay is too extensive for a dental filling to provide adequate protection, inlays and onlays are often an excellent option to repair your damaged tooth. Whenever possible, Dr. Heather Fleschler will recommend inlays and onlays instead of a dental crown.
Inlays and onlays preserve much more of your healthy tooth structure than a dental crown. By opting for this more conservative treatment plan, you can prolong the life and health of your tooth.
The best way to determine whether inlays and onlays are the right option to repair your damaged tooth is to speak with Dr. Fleschler in person. Please call (713) 660-6500 today to schedule an appointment at our Houston dental office.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays are used to repair teeth when the decay lies within the cusps (indented top surfaces) of the tooth. Onlays are used when the decay extends beyond one or more cusps of the tooth.
Dr. Fleschler has a metal-free dentistry practice in order to provide you with the safest, most natural looking restorations. All of our inlays and onlays are made out of the finest quality dental porcelain, ensuring that they will maintain the strength and function of your tooth while blending in seamlessly with your smile.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays offer several important benefits, including:
- Restores structural integrity of tooth
- Prevents the development of more extensive damage in the future, helping you avoid the need for more costly treatments down the road
- Preserves more healthy tooth structure than a dental crown, extending the life of your tooth
- Can be designed to match the color of your natural tooth for a beautiful looking result
- Durable, long lasting restorations
- Increases the strength of your tooth
Inlay and Onlay Procedure
Your inlay or onlay procedure can be completed in two visits to our Houston dental office. At your first visit, Dr. Fleschler will remove the decayed area of your tooth and take an impression which will be used by the lab in constructing your inlay or onlay. She will then place a temporary inlay or onlay which will protect your tooth while the permanent restoration is being created.
When your inlay or onlay has been completed by the lab, you will return to our office and Dr. Fleschler will securely bond it to your tooth.