When your oral health is at risk, it's best to get the care you need as soon as possible before the issue requires more costly care in the future. Patients with mild or moderately cracked or broken teeth may not require the full coverage of a crown, but could benefit from dental inlays and onlays at Made Ya Smile Dental. An inlay or onlay can also be used when a simple filling is not enough to restore the strength back to a tooth. To give you the best possible results, Dr. Jireh Yue creates custom inlays and onlays with several types of materials, including composite resin, porcelain, gold, and other metals. While inlays fit neatly in the center portion of a tooth, onlays cover the cusps, or partial crown. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth and would like more information on dental inlays or onlays, visit our clinic in Houston, TX to bring the health back to your teeth and smile.
Made Ya Smile Dental may suggest an inlay or onlay if you have suffered from certain types of decay or damage. Inlay and onlay restorations offer coverage somewhere in between a traditional filling and a dental crown, adding strength and function to your tooth. During your initial consultation with Dr. Yue, we will perform a clinical assessment and take digital x-rays so we can help you determine the best type of treatment and material to restore the appearance of your smile. Our staff offers a wide variety of custom solutions to protect the integrity of your teeth.
What To Expect
Made Ya Smile Dental takes a gentle chairside approach to your dental care, making sure to numb the area before the procedure begins. We also offer easy sedation options if you are fearful or anxious about getting inlays or onlays. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. Yue will remove any decayed or damaged areas from the tooth. If we use composite resin, we will be able to place inlays or onlays directly in your mouth. Most of the time, however, we will take an impression of the tooth, then send the mold to a laboratory for fabrication. If this is the case, our staff can give you a temporary filling until the permanent one is created. We will bond the restoration in place, then polish it after making any needed adjustments to make sure your bite feels comfortable.
Other than experiencing some minor discomfort or mild sensitivity for a few days, the recovery process is generally minor. If you received a local anesthetic prior to the treatment, you must wait until the feeling has returned to your mouth, teeth, and gums to consume any foods. Inlays and onlays are cleaned the same way you take care of your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing daily. During your yearly examinations and biannual cleanings, Made Ya Smile Dental will continue to monitor your progress and the health of your dental restorations. Inlays and onlays can last for years with proper care. We ask that you contact our office immediately if you have issues with following your procedure.
As a restorative treatment, inlays and onlays are typically covered by dental insurance, at least in part. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO dental plans and can help file claims on your behalf. We can also reach out to your provider to confirm benefits and out-of-pocket costs. Our entire team wants you and your family to get the affordable care you need, which is why we offer several methods for payment, including flexible low-interest financing with our third-party partner, CareCredit®.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays help your bite by adding the strength and wellness back to a partially damaged or decayed tooth. By treating the tooth as soon as possible, Dr. Yue can minimize your need for future treatment and ensure your smile is bright and functional. Using top-quality materials, inlays and onlays are restorations that can blend in seamlessly for a natural-looking result. To learn more about dental inlays and onlays, Made Ya Smile Dental can help you get started in Houston, TX.