At Made Ya Smile, our skilled team provides a wide range of restorations to suit your unique dental needs and situation. Of these, dental inlays and onlays are a common treatment at our Pearland, TX office. These restorations are custom-made and placed over damaged or decayed teeth to strengthen a tooth that has some structure loss but doesn't require a full crown. To provide your best results, we can create inlays and onlays using many different, high-quality materials, such as composite resin, porcelain, ceramic, and others. While inlays are fitted in the center portion of a tooth, onlays cover the outer edge of a tooth and can be known as partial crowns. If you think you have a tooth with decay or damage that may require a dental inlay or onlay, contact our office and schedule your appointment today.
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Patients who receive dental inlays or onlays typically have teeth with decay or damage that require more support than a filling but don't need the full coverage of a crown. Inlays and onlays can strengthen a damaged tooth and restore the look and function of a tooth. To determine if you are a candidate for an inlay or onlay, a member of our team will take digital, low-radiation x-rays of your mouth and evaluate your teeth. From there, we will be able to assess the damage and suggest possible solutions for treatment. If a dental inlay or onlay is selected, one of our dentists will work with you to determine the best material (porcelain, ceramic, composite resin, or another) for your restoration.
What To Expect
At Made Ya Smile, we work carefully and considerately to ensure your comfort during your appointment. First, we will numb the tooth and surrounding areas and administer any additional sedation if you have any dental fears or anxieties. Our dentist will then remove the decayed area from your tooth using advanced equipment. In some cases, the inlay or onlay can be created immediately by using composite resin to full the tooth. However, if you are receiving a restoration made of a different material, a member of our team will take an impression of your tooth and have the results sent to our dental laboratory. In the meantime, we will place a temporary filling until your inlay or onlay arrives at our office. Once your restoration arrives, we will call you back in and bond the material to your tooth for a secure fit and seal. Our dentist will then make any needed adjustments and make sure the fit is comfortable.
Typically, the recovery time following a dental inlay or onlay is short. After your treatment, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity to hot or cold foods, but this should resolve after a few days. If you received local anesthesia for the placement of your restoration, you should wait until your mouth returns to normal to eat. In order to maintain your oral health and the condition of your restoration, you should follow a consistent oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. It will be important to attend your annual dental examinations and biannual professional cleanings so our team can continue to care for your oral wellness. If you experience any issues or concerns following the placement of your inlay or onlay, please contact our office so we can help.
Inlays and onlays are typically covered by most insurance plans. A member of our team will contact your insurance company and let you know about your benefits. If you have any additional charges, or if you don't have dental insurance at all, we'll be more than happy to give you any necessary information about medical financing. Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX accepts many forms of payment, including most major credit cards.
Using medical-grade, high-quality materials, Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX can create custom-made restorations to improve your oral health and address a tooth that is damaged or decayed. Not a crown nor a filling, dental inlays and onlays can strengthen and add structure to a tooth. If you think you or a member of your family may have a cavity, contact our office and schedule a dental examination.