Dental Onlays in Houston

At Houston Dental Oasis when we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, we take a conservative approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials allow us to rebuild teeth to full function while maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Sometimes teeth suffer damage because of normal function over time, cavities, heavy bite forces, and trauma. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be perfectly restored with an onlay. A crown requires a little more tooth preparation, but onlays allows the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area.

Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative option fits your treatment plan, Dr. Wang may suggest an onlay as the best option.

Restorative Overlays (Onlays and Inlays)

When it comes to repairing a broken or decaying tooth, inlays and onlays offer a happy medium between a filling and a full coverage crown. Inlays fill larger areas of the tooth, where onlays rebuild areas such as the cusps (“points”) of your tooth that may be broken away.

Often referred to as a three-quarter crown, inlays and onlays are less invasive than a full coverage restoration and help to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. They are also made in a lab, as a crown would be. Your Houston dentist will match the onlay porcelain material so that it blends in with the color of your tooth being treated.

Filling vs Inlay vs Onlay vs Crown: 

What’s the Difference And Which Is The Right One For You?

There are various types of restorations and it can be difficult to choose the right option. Here’s some information about the restorative options:

Dental Filling

It’s the most basic dental restoration.  The decayed part of the tooth is drilled out and replaced with composite or amalgam filling material.

Dental Inlay

An inlay is used when the cavity is too large for simple filling. The inlay is created as a single solid piece to fill the cavity. It is cemented on the tooth.

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Dental Onlay

An onlay is more than an inlay and less than a crown. It covers the cusp of the tooth and is fabricated as single solid piece.

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Dental Crown

It’s more like a tooth replacement than a repair and is used for serious dental issues. A cap is placed on the tooth after the existing decay is removed.

Dental Filling vs.Inlay

They both are often used interchangeably but inlays are for bigger cavities. While they both remove existing decay, how the empty space is filled makes them different. With a filling, the composite material is used for filling the space and it is a quick process which usually happens in a single visit. For inlays, the space is filled with a single piece fabricated in the lab, usually made of metal or ceramic. The inlay is made in the shape and size of the cavity space.

Onlays vs Dental Crowns

These are both major single-tooth restoration options used for filling large areas of decay where an inlay would not work. The onlay covers the cusp of the tooth while an inlay only fills the area between the cusps. On the other hand, a crown will cover the entire biting surface of the tooth and all tooth structure above the gum line. The cost of both is similar but an onlay can be less of a cost.

Dental Onlays & Inlays Near Me

Whether you need an onlay, inlay, filling or crown, Houston Dental Oasis can recommend the proper solution. Feel free to call us today at 713-331-3177 to schedule an examination, or contact us directly. We serve patients from The Heights, Greater Heights, Independence Heights, Garden Oaks, Houston Heights, and Oak Forest.