Inlays and Onlays

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Serving Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle

Do you have a tooth with a large cavity that is too large for a filling, but not quite big enough to need a crown? Repair the damage without having to replace the entire exterior of your tooth by having the restorative dental professionals at The Esler Dental Group install an inlay or onlay.

We recommend an inlay or onlay whenever a tooth has an area of decay that is too large to repair with a filling, but not extensive enough to warrant a crown. We also can install an inlay or inlay to replace an older filling that has started to malfunction.

Why choose an inlay or onlay?

All the inlays and onlays used at The Esler Dental Group are made of the same top-grade dental porcelain used to make many of our other dental restorations. This porcelain is matched in shade and color to be as indistinguishable as possible from your other natural teeth.

When compared to crowns in a case where either treatment could be used, inlays and onlays have the following advantages: 

  • Inlays and onlays preserve a higher amount of the natural tooth structure.
  • Installation procedure is less intrusive and shorter than receiving a crown.
  • While the cost of individual treatments varies on a case-by-case basis, inlays and onlays typically are less expensive than a dental crown.

What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

An inlay involves repairing only the area between the cusps of a tooth (tiny bumps on the top of the teeth).

Onlays are bigger and often cover multiple cusps of a tooth or even the entire chewing surface.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of your inlay or onlay procedure will depend on how badly the tooth is damaged, and the type of material we use to repair it. A composite resin inlay/onlay can be completed in a single visit. However, if dental porcelain is used, you will need to return to our office for a subsequent visit. In this case, we will fabricate a temporary filling for your tooth to protect it while the lab makes your permanent restoration.

What to expect during the procedure

At the initial appointment, your tooth will be made numb, and then the dentist will remove any area of damage or decay, and then take an impression of the tooth being treated before placing a temporary restoration on the tooth. Using that impression as a guide, the lab will fabricate the permanent restoration, which is installed during your subsequent visit. The dentist will permanently bond the restoration to your tooth, ensuring natural-looking results.

If you need an inlay or onlay, contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021 to schedule a consultation.

The Esler Dental Group is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.

6834 Plum Creek Dr.

Amarillo, TX 79124

(806) 358-8021

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