Your McAllen family dentists at WhiteWing Dental aim to provide every individual with the best smile possible. Sometimes, however, damage to a tooth may require a little more intensive care than a simple cleaning.
When a full crown is not necessary, or a traditional filling not sufficient, your situation may just call for an inlay or onlay. Not too sure what these types of treatments consist of?
Let your friendly neighborhood McAllen dentists give you the information you need so you can make an informed decision about treating your cavity or other oral health issues.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Used to treat tooth decay and other structural damage, inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. Inlays and onlays can be made of various materials including porcelain or resin materials; porcelain is a great option if you want a natural look while resin materials are the way to go if you grind your teeth or have a misaligned bite (malocclusion).
You might be wondering what the differences are between inlays and onlays:
- Inlay – When the damage of the tooth is nestled right in the very center of your tooth (not the chewing surface) you would need an inlay. They are called inlays since they fit directly in the tooth if it has lost some integrity because of decay.
- Onlay – An onlay is used when the chewing surface of your tooth needs restoration. The onlay would cover one or more of the tips or cusps on your tooth. This will allow you to be able to chew with the previously damaged tooth while helping you to avoid any pain and also giving you a uniform bite.
Generally, an inlay/onlay procedure is done in two visits:
- During your first visit, the damaged area (cavity) is cleaned and any decay removed. Then, a mold of your tooth is taken to create the inlay or onlay.
- Your McAllen dentist at WhiteWing Dental will let you know what options you have and help you to decide which material would be best for you. Remember, inlays and onlays can be made of ceramic, porcelain or resin materials. Depending on your lifestyle, as well as tooth and aesthetic preferences, one material will fit you best.
- The dentist may provide you with a temporary restoration which is made and applied in the office. This will be removed in the next visit to apply the final inlay/onlay.
- In the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed and the inlay/onlay is placed and bonded to your tooth.
A gorgeous smile is just a phone call away. Contact WhiteWing Dental in La Feria or McAllen to schedule your inlay/onlay procedure.
At WhiteWing Dental, we follow two simple rules. To provide top quality dentistry services to families in the Rio Grande Valley and to make sure all of our patients leave with a smile. We offer a wide range of services, everything from general dentistry services to cosmetic services, sedation dentistry, inlay and onlay services, and even dental services for special needs patients.