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Dental Inlays and Onlays (Direct and Indirect Restorations, Partial Crown) – Dallas, TX

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Classified between a tooth-colored filling and a full crown, an inlay or onlay can fix a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on pre-molars and molars, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Like fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — metal, porcelain, and composite resin. Skilled dentist Dr. Drew Randall can help Dallas, TX patients understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays before they make the best choice for treating their teeth at Randall Dentistry.

Best Candidates

An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you have a cracked tooth or a large cavity that is too big for a filling but does not require the complete protection of a crown. At your dental exam, Dr. Randall may examine your x-rays to pick the ideal method for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will discuss the available materials that will best fit your requirements. You could even talk about whether you would like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in a dental lab.

What To Expect

After applying numbing cream to your gums, Dr. Randall will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience dental anxiety or a have powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you are getting an inlay or onlay made in a dental lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Randall will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels comfortable.


If just local anesthesia is used, you can leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Randall Dentistry should you experience any issues following your treatment. Your inlay or onlay can be cared for like your own teeth with daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly cleanings in Randall Dentistry so Dr. Randall can evaluate the wear and health of the inlay or onlay. With appropriate maintenance, it should last for several years before repairing or replacing.

Insurance Coverage

Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other issues so they're generally paid in part by insurance. A team member can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Randall can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to go with your budget and needs. At your consultative appointment, Dr. Randall will discuss price quotes and payment types we take, such as low-cost medical financing.

Inlays and Onlays

Regardless of whether you pick an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at Randall Dentistry in Dallas, TX. Dr. Randall and his team can help revive your smile using the very best remedy for your requirements.

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