What are inlays and onlays?

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we may suggest an inlay or onlay to repair it. Inlays and onlays are dental restorations made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin that are bonded to the damaged area of a tooth. An inlay is fitted inside of the cusps (elevated portions) of a tooth, while an onlay extends to replace the entire cusp. Our dental team uses inlays and onlays when the tooth is not damaged enough to require a dental crown, but not enough tooth structure remains to support a regular filling. Our talented dentist, Dr. Kirk E. Kooker, will be able to determine if inlays and onlays are right for you.


How are inlays and onlays applied?

To apply dental inlays and onlays in Plano, Texas, all decay is removed and your teeth are cleaned and dried. Molds and impressions are taken beforehand to ensure your inlay or onlay works with your bite. Once your restoration is made at a dental laboratory and sent back to our office, it will be expertly applied and polished for a beautiful shine. We work hard to ensure your inlay or onlay is comfortable and feels natural. If you are interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, we invite you to contact our dental office today!