Dental Inlay
+ Dental Onlay in Midlothian, Texas

Have you been told that you have a damaged tooth without sufficient tooth structure remaining to be restored using a dental filling, and not enough damage to warrant the use of a crown? If so, you may want to consider tooth repair using inlays or onlays. Dr. Buie, our tooth restoration specialist, will work with you to determine the treatment option that works best to restore your beautiful, healthy smile.

What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays, also known as partial cover crowns, are restorations that are used to treat cavities and to hold together and strengthen a damaged tooth. They are typically made out of porcelain, which can be color and texture matched to your teeth for a natural look and finish.

Inlays and onlays and are bonded directly into or onto your tooth, ensuring a perfect fit. Inlays repair a damaged chewing surface between the cusps of a tooth, while onlays replace one or more of the tooth cusps. While placing inlays or onlays may at times be difficult and demanding to perform, Dr. Buie’s training as a prosthodontist ensures that, if an onlay or inlay is the best treatment option for you, it will be done correctly.

What Are the Advantages of Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are strong and durable, with the potential of lasting 30 years or more. When bonded, they have been shown to increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. Inlays and onlays repair and preserve damaged teeth, preventing the need for complex dental treatments down the road.

Inlays vs. Dental Fillings

In theory, inlays and fillings can be used interchangeably, but inlays, also known as indirect fillings, are typically used to repair much larger cavities. Both procedures involve the removal of the decay, then filling the space with a restoration. The difference is how the filling is placed.

A traditional amalgam or tooth-colored filling is a quick process, with the filling material placed in the cavity in one visit. An inlay, on the other hand, is a single, solid piece that is custom-fabricated at our in-house laboratory. It is made to fit the space with precision. Once bonded to your teeth, inlays provide durability and comfort, making them a reliable, long-term solution.

Onlays vs. Dental Crowns

In some cases, damage to a tooth may not be extensive enough to warrant a dental crown. Onlays offer an excellent, conservative alternative preserving more of your natural tooth structure than a crown.

While a crown covers the entire surface of the tooth structure above the gum line, an onlay partially covers a damaged tooth, along with a cusp or more. Onlays are more difficult and require more skill to place, but are better to use than crowns to restore your teeth if at all possible.

Onlays vs. Dental Veneers

The difference between onlays and dental veneers lies in the area of coverage and the function. An onlay covers the chewing surfaces of a damaged tooth, restoring its strength, form, and function.

Veneers, on the other hand, are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are designed to cover the front surfaces of visible teeth. They mostly serve a cosmetic purpose, delivering stunning, stain-resistant smiles.

Inlays and Onlays in Midlothian, TX

Contact Buie Clinic to learn more about inlays and onlays, along with the quality restorations we offer. Dr. Buie, our highly skilled prosthodontist, will answer all your questions and will help you determine the treatment options that are right for you. With his unwavering commitment to excellence and his passion for creating and maintaining healthy smiles, you can trust that you are in capable hands. Call us today!