Dental Inlays and Onlays Plano TX
Learn more about inlays and onlays at Plano, TX dental practice
Like many professions, dentistry has a language of its own. However, Dr. Bindu Kolli is known across the Frisco, Irving, and Plano, TX area for describing dental diagnoses and procedures in terms that are easy to understand. She believes information helps patients make satisfying treatment decisions. For example, you might not be familiar with inlays and onlays. Dr. Kolli suggests learning more about these beneficial restorations.
What are inlays and onlays? Plano, TX dentist explains
When a tooth is compromised by a small amount of decay or trauma, it can usually be repaired with a composite resin filling. A dental crown encircles the portion of the tooth visible above the gum line, providing strength and protection. A crown requires the removal of substantial tooth structure to achieve a secure fit, so a crown makes sense when the tooth already has a good deal of damage. An inlay or onlay sometimes called a “partial crown,” serves the need between a filling and a crown.
An inlay fits inside the tooth, filling the void left by dental caries or breakage. An onlay is similar, but it extends over the chewing surface one or more cusps of a molar. Inlays and onlays are conservative solutions when the area of damage is too large to support a traditional filling, but a full crown is not warranted.
Modern materials for beautiful smiles
In the past, inlays and onlays were made of gold. This noble metal is very strong and rarely causes an allergic reaction. However, in today’s fluctuating economy, gold restorations can be cost-prohibitive. Dr. Kolli offers ceramic inlays and onlays as well as gold. This porcelain material blends with tooth color, restoring natural appearance. Because the restoration is bonded to the tooth, it seals the point of contact and helps to protect the tooth from further chips or fractures.
What many people don’t know about inlays and onlays
This type of restoration:
- Preserves as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Restores shape and function of the treated tooth
- Is a cost-effective alternative to a crown
- Can be completed in just two dental visits
- Requires only normal oral hygiene for maintenance