Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays in Hutto TX

Has your dentist told you that you have a cavity? We all know that fillings are a common treatment for cavities. You may already have a few, but did you know that there are other treatments for decay that have been used with success for many years? At Dental Experts in Hutto, we want you to have the whole story so you can make an informed choice about your treatment. Let’s talk about two alternatives to conventional fillings: inlays and onlays.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays are used in the same situation as fillings — to replace a small amount of decay that is compromising tooth structure. However, an inlay is only used when the damage has not spread to the cusp of the tooth.

After your dentist has drilled into the tooth to clean out the decay, he or she will take an impression of the opening. This impression will be sent to a laboratory so the inlay can be custom manufactured out of porcelain or resin. You will wear a temporary inlay for a short time until the permanent inlay is ready. Then you will come in for another appointment where the inlay will be bonded into the opening in the tooth.

Onlays differ from inlays in that they are used when the damage to the tooth has spread to affect the cusp of the tooth or the biting surface. As with an inlay, the dentist will clean the damage out of the affected tooth and then take an impression of the opening before placing a temporary onlay. After about a week the permanent onlay will arrive from the laboratory, and you will return to the dentist for it to be bonded to the tooth.

What are the Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?

One benefit of inlays and onlays is that their porcelain or composite resin material almost invisibly matches natural enamel. Porcelain and composite resin are also able to be bonded to the tooth, which improves the strength and structure of the tooth. This makes them more durable than traditional fillings.

At Dental Experts in Hutto, we are experts in achieving healthy teeth and shining smiles. Call today to schedule an appointment!