Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and Onlays

When it comes to repairing a damaged or chipped tooth, there are various factors that have to be taken into consideration for treatment options. From the size of the fracture to the state of the adjacent healthy teeth, you need an expert cosmetic dentist to help diagnose and restore your smile back to its glory----- Dr. Yurovsky is your trusted provider.

When more than half of a tooth is damaged to the point where it, can no longer support a filling, the use of an inlay or onlay repair may be necessary. More conservative than a crown, these two restorative methods can rebuild a damaged tooth structure back to it’s original functionality.  Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because they are both made in a laboratory and cemented to the surface of the tooth during your second visit to our office.

Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, gold, or composite resins which 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, the difference being 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 suited.  An onlay is placed on one or more of the cusps of the tooth, or, in a more severe, cases, on the entire surface.  Onlays are typically more durable in structure and last for a longer period of time than inlays.


Inlays are repairs 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 more 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 this point, 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 match 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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