Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are both restorations that are used to repair a damaged tooth (usually a back tooth / molar) and are used as durable and attractive alternatives to standard fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays are similar restorations but cover different sections of a tooth. They are one-piece, custom-fitted dental restorations that are fabricated from high-strength material to be able to withstand everyday use such as biting and chewing. When properly cared for, these dental restorations can last for decades.

If you are currently experiencing failing restorations, an inlay or onlay may be a better alternative. We would love for you to call our office at 916-965-7188 or request an appointment through our website to come in and have us take a look at your current situation.

Inlays are used when restoring a tooth's center outside and/or surface of a tooth.
Usually a standard filling is enough to fill small areas of a tooth that has been removed due to a dental issue such as a cavity but fillings that need to span larger areas of a tooth are prone to chip or actually completely fall out under the normal biting stresses put on your teeth. Inlays can fill these larger areas and because they are made as a one-piece restoration from high-strength materials, they will outlast a standard filling and will hold up for a very long time.

Onlays are used when restoring a tooth's cusp or the pointy parts of a tooth.
Crowns are used when it becomes necessary to replace the entire tooth's crown because of severe decay, cracks, etc. Sometimes is it not entirely necessary to replace the entire crown and an onlay will be placed instead. Unlike an inlay, an onlay is used to restore the cusp (point) on the biting surface of a tooth. Onlays are a one-piece restoration that is fabricated outside of the mouth and is made from high-strength materials that will last a very long time and stand up to normal biting forces.

Our office is unique and we are happy to provide our patients with single-visit inlays and onlays because of our amazing CEREC machine. Usually inlays and onlays require us taking a dental impression of your teeth and sending it to a lab to have your final restoration custom fabricated by highly skilled technicians. The CEREC machine allows the entire process to be done in-house and without us having to take a messy impression. Using CEREC, we will scan your mouth, design a restoration on a computer and finally have our in-house milling machine fabricate the restoration right in front of you.

If you would like to learn more about our same-day dentistry procedures, call us anytime at 916-965-7188 or request an appointment to come in a experience the benefits of receiving a dental restoration in one day.

The final cost of a dental inlay or onlay can depend on many factors. Generally, the larger the restoration, the more costly things can get but inlays and onlays are an affordable restoration that will last a very long time. In situations where a less expensive restoration is used where an inlay or onlay was preferred the non-preferred restoration will usually fail and either have to be re-done and can even cause more damage than it originally created leading to an even more expensive future restoration. It is very important to not let the costs of any dental restoration get in the way of the total benefits they can offer.

Because everyone's condition is unique, we prefer you to request an appointment with our office and come in so we can check things out.

Every dental insurance provider treats inlays or onlays differently but generally your dental insurance may cover a portion of an inlay or onlay restoration. Call us at 916-965-7188 and let us know who your dental insurance provider is and we will happily find out just how much they will cover if you need a dental inlay or onlay. We can even submit a pre-treatment estimate for you so make sure you request an appointment and come in to see us.