Everyone knows what a tooth filling is, but sometimes a filling is not your best option. At Lutke Dental in Plano, TX, we also provide dental inlays and onlays to fit your unique situation.
Inlays are used when the amount of tooth decay is large and cannot be repaired by a small filling. Inlays are fillings made from porcelain or resin colored to match the natural tooth. They are pre-molded and place to fit into the grooves of a tooth. They are called inlays because they “lay in” the center of the tooth. They don’t “lay over” or cover the tooth’s cusps. Placing an inlay requires a person to be numbed by the injection of local anesthetic. Your dentist at Lutke Dental in Plano drills out the decayed material cleans the cavity out, then takes a precise impression of the space. After the impression is made, it’s sent to a dental lab for fabrication. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary covering. At your next visit, the inlay is the fitted into and onto your tooth. Dental inlays are more long-lasting than regular fillings.
Onlays repair significantly damaged teeth or cases where some of the tips of the teeth have been damaged. Again, anesthetic is administered and the cavity and decayed material removed. An impression is taken and a temporary onlay placed. At the next visit, your permanent onlay is fitted.
Fillings are great for small, surface cavities that don’t extend deeply into the tooth. Fillings also work well when there is little of the tooth’s chewing surface involved. Otherwise, a filling can weaken the tooth’s structure. Inlays and onlays remove decay while maintaining the tooth’s strength. At Lutke Dental in Plano, we can help you with all your dental needs. Book an appointment today.