Inlays & Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are offered to patients who do not require the full treatment of a crown. An inlay is similar to a filling and used to replace the top surface of the tooth after decay or a worn filling has been removed. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction that incorporates replacing the tooth surface as well as one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

What to Expect

The use of dental inlays and onlays is indicated when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. The old filling is removed under local anesthesia and impression of the tooth is made and sent to the dental laboratory to custom make your inlay/onlay. The dental lab creates the inlay or onlay out of porcelain to precisely fit your tooth and match the color. This procedure usually requires two appointments. Your dentist will bond the new inlay or onlay to your tooth with a strong resin adhesive. The procedure is completed with a final polish to ensure that it is smooth and looks great!

Benefits of Inlays & Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are indicated for patients that need a partial reconstruction on a tooth. There are benefits to getting this type of reconstruction in comparison to metal fillings including:

  • Inlays and onlays are made from a tough, durable material that is long-lasting.
  • They can help strengthen the teeth as the material bonds with the natural tooth more powerfully than metal.
  • Inlays and onlays can extend the life of the tooth and prevent the need for additional dental treatment in the future.