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Inlays and Onlays
in West Austin

With so many options for repairing damaged teeth, it can be difficult to know what’s best for each person. At Carr & Smith Dental, Dr. Smith offers patients honest consultations to determine the best course of care for their specific needs and goals.

Inlays and onlays are often considered for individuals with teeth that aren’t quite damaged enough to warrant a crown.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored porcelain, composite resin, or even gold. Inlays are custom-fitted to repair damage in the ridges of the teeth; onlays, also custom-fitted, are used to repair damage that occurs on more than one cusp of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays look very natural, so no one even knows they’re not real teeth! They are also strong and durable—necessary qualities for those busy back molars.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do inlays and onlays last?

With proper care, they can last for decades! As long as a person continues to brush, floss, and maintain their regularly scheduled visits with the dentist as well as take care of their teeth, the restorations shouldn’t have any problems.

Can they fall out?

While it’s unlikely to fall out, it is possible. Usually, this happens when biting something too hard or if the tooth experiences trauma. The practice team can easily help if you experience this.

Are they painful?

Most patients find this type of treatment extremely tolerable. Keeping patients comfortable and relaxed is a priority, and a local anesthetic will be used to manage any pain.

Want to Learn More?

For those who have any questions, a team member can answer them and help people decide what’s best for their particular situation. Please schedule an appointment. Any concerns can be addressed and all options can be explored. The team looks forward to welcoming new patients to the practice soon.

Inalys and Onlays West Austin, Northwest Hills, 78731 TX | (512) 345-0399