Inlays & Onlays

Do you have a slightly fractured or decayed tooth? If so, you may wonder if options other than crowns or fillings exist. The answer to that question is “yes!” McMaster Dental is pleased to offfer inlays and onlays to our patients. As a specialized restorative dentist near the San Marcos, CA, area, Dr. McMaster assists in determining the best treatment route for you.

Inlays and onlays are mainly made from resin or porcelain and conservatively preserve tooth structure while fortifying and protecting the tooth. Dental onlays are used to cover the cusps, while the inlay is used to fill the area between the cusps. In comparison with dental fillings, inlays and onlays are more durable and offer greater longevity. Some even choose to replace unattractive metal-fillings with natural-looking inlays and onlays for superior strength and aesthetics.

Patients generally want to save as much tooth as they can. Dr. Todd McMaster therefore poses the following questions: “What amount of the tooth needs to be replaced?” and “How much of the tooth can we keep?” If part of the tooth structure can be preserved and decay or damage is moderate, inlays and onlays are the preferred option. However, if the damage or decay is more serious, a crown may be required.

At McMaster Dental, we genuinely want to conserve as much tooth as possible. With the help of our top-notch CEREC machine, Dr. McMaster is able to produce beautiful, natural-looking inlays and onlays in-office. Schedule your inlay/onlay appointment today to protect and preserve your tooth with Dr. McMaster, a professional dentist for San Marcos, CA, and its surrounding cities.