Inlays & Onlays

child at dentistInlays and onlays may be the solution you are looking for in instances where tooth decay or other damages have taken away some of your tooth functions.

Inlays and onlays have similar purposes, but are different still.

Inlays are fillings that are placed inside the biting area of back teeth to treat cavities. Inlays are made of tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain. The inlay is fitted to your tooth, cemented over the cavity, and helps prevent further infection in that tooth.

Onlays also help treat tooth decay or damaged teeth, but they are placed onto the outside of the tooth cusp. Onlays are essentially a partial crown, and are used to repair extensively damaged teeth, prevent further infections, and restore chewing abilities.


An inlay and onlay is inserted in a similar process:

  • The damaged area of the tooth is removed
  • A mold is taken of the damaged tooth so an inlay or onlay can be custom created
  • A temporary solution is affixed to the tooth
  • The temporary restoration is removed once the inlay or onlay is ready to be attached to the tooth
  • The inlay or onlay is fitted and cemented to the tooth
  • The new restoration is then polished to match the look and feel of the other teeth