Inlays & Onlays

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restoration options that preserve your natural tooth structure and enhance its strength. At Bluebonnet Dental Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Fatan Kasbidi, DDS, provides inlays and onlays to repair moderate tooth decay or damage. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment and find out more about these custom-made restorations.

Inlays & Onlays Q & A

How do inlays and onlays differ from conventional fillings?

Inlays and onlays are created by an outside lab and bonded to the affected tooth. While traditional fillings are applied directly to the tooth, inlays and onlays are typically larger and provide a more substantial restoration, preserving more of the natural tooth structure.

When do you recommend inlays and onlays?

Dr. Kasbidi recommends inlays and onlays when a tooth has damage or decay that's too extensive for a standard filling but not severe enough to require a full dental crown. 

Cases in which you may need an inlay or onlay include:

  • Moderate tooth decay
  • Fractured tooth cusps (the raised points on the biting surface)
  • Large filling replacement
  • Preserving tooth structure
  • Cracked teeth
  • Old or worn fillings


Inlays and onlays are especially beneficial for preserving healthy tooth structure.

What are inlays and onlays made of?

Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin. The material used for your restoration depends on the tooth. Dr. Kasbidi considers durability, aesthetics, and your natural tooth color.

How do you place inlays and onlays?

The placement process involves removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and taking impressions to create a precise fit for the inlay or onlay. Dr. Kasbidi places a temporary restoration while your permanent one is crafted by the outside lab. Once ready, Dr. Kasbidi bonds the final restoration to the tooth, ensuring a secure fit and natural appearance.

What are the benefits of choosing inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays offer several benefits compared to a full crown or filling. These include:

Conservative approach 

Inlays and onlays require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to dental crowns.


They are strong and can withstand normal chewing forces.


Inlays and onlays match the color and shape of your natural teeth.


With proper care, inlays and onlays can last for many years.


Inlays and onlays restore the tooth's strength and function, allowing you to chew comfortably.

Contact Bluebonnet Dental Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to learn more about how inlays and onlays can benefit your smile. Call today or use this website to schedule your visit.