What is an inlay?

A dental inlay is a restoration used when the damage is not extensive enough to warrant the use of a dental crown. Unlike a crown, which completely covers the tooth, the inlay replaces only the damaged portion of the tooth structure. An inlay is similar to a filling, but the dental inlay in Houston, Texas, is created outside of your mouth based on molds and impressions of your teeth. Once the restoration is ready, it is then cemented in place in your smile.

What is an onlay?

An onlay is also used to restore a damaged tooth. The difference between a dental inlay and an onlay is how much of the tooth needs to be repaired; an inlay is used when the damage is contained within the cusps (raised portions) of the tooth, while a dental onlay is needed when one or more cusps is damaged as well. Drs. Kim, Han, Cook, and Cho will help you determine which kind of restoration would be best suited to your smile.

Both dental inlays and onlays can be created from a number of materials, including gold and porcelain. Some patients prefer porcelain restorations because they can be matched to your natural tooth color to blend in seamlessly with your smile. For more information about dental inlays and onlays, we invite you to call or visit our dentists at Red Bird Family Dental.