Inlays and Onlays

Tooth pain associated with a tooth ache can range anywhere from a simple nuisance to a debilitating soreness. Regardless of the level of teeth pain, if your tooth hurts it is an indication of tooth decay. When caught early, a decaying tooth can be stabilized by an inlay or an onlay, two different types of fillings. However, if a toothache is ignored, decaying teeth can lead to a tooth infection and require more serious action such as a root canal or crown.


An inlay is a filling made of metal, porcelain or a composite plastic resin. Unlike traditional fillings, inlays require two dental appointments. At the first visit, your dentist will clean out bacteria and decayed material in the tooth and take an impression of your tooth structure. The impression is sent to a dental lab where they create the inlay to perfectly match your specifications. At a second appointment the inlay is permanently cemented into place.


Like an inlay, an onlay is essentially a filling created at a dental lab. The two are distinguished by the part of the tooth that they cover. While an inlay covers the inner depression of a tooth surface, an onlay covers tooth cusps (the pointed tips) as well as the inner depression. Because onlays cover a large portion of the tooth surface they are often called “partial crowns.”

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Longer lasting than traditional fillings
  • Better for tooth structure than traditional fillings
  • Retains much of the natural tooth surface


Schedule a Filling Appointment Today

Contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe if you’re looking for onlays or inlays in the Houston, Texas area. We will schedule a full examination to determine which procedure is best for your oral health needs. Dont wait till its too late, a filling can reduce the risk of future oral health complications such as root canals or tooth extraction.

Call us for a free consultation at (281) 549-5177 or visit us at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, TX. 


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