Dental Inlays and Onlays Murphy TX

Learn more about inlays and onlays at Murphy, TX dental practice

Like many professions, dentistry has a language of its own. However, Dr. Bindu Kolli is known across the Plano, Frisco, Irving, and Murphy, 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? Murphy, 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 gumline, providing strength and protection. A crown requires removal of substantial tooth structure to achieve 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

Become a Southfork Dental patient for dentistry tailored to your unique needs. The number is 469-535-6939.

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Meet Dr. Bindu Kolli

Dr. Bindu Kolli, DDS is committed to providing patients with effective care and personalized treatments. She graduated from The Tufts University College of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced training in comprehensive orthodontics and implants. Dr. Kolli's compassionate nature and her expertise in the field provide the Southfork Dental patients with the highest quality dental treatments in the area.

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