Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and Onlays

When more than half of a tooth is damaged to the point where it cannot support a filling, the use of an inlay or onlay repair may be necessary.

Inlays and onlays are both made from porcelain, gold, or composite resins that are bonded directly to the tooth’s structure.  These materials are stronger in composition than the traditional unsightly metal fillings, and ultimately can help prevent further decay or damage to the tooth.


Both of these restoration processes are similar in function, except for the fact that they repair different parts of the tooth.  If a tooth has extensive damage to its surface, the use of an onlay would be best suitable.  An onlay is placed on one or more of the cusps of the tooth, or in a more severe case the entire surface.  Onlays are typically more durable in structure, and last over a longer duration of time than an inlay.


Inlays are used in dental situations where a Dental Filling cannot properly fix the damaged area.  However, where there is less damage to the structure, a Crown or onlay would be appropriate.  An inlay essentially fills the spaces in-between the cusps of the center of the tooth.  

The Procedure

The procedure will begin with the removal of the damaged area of the tooth by Dr. Yurovsky.  From there she will take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent over to the dental lab, where a restored structure for the tooth will be constructed.  Once the inlay or onlay has been properly constructed, and is fitted to best suit the surface of your tooth, Dr. Yurovsky will bond the well-fitted onlay or inlay to your tooth with a strong resin.  

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