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Inlays and Onlays can Restore your Teeth

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair teeth with mild to moderate decay or damage. They are a good solution when the area to restore is too large for a filling, yet not so extensive that a dental crown is required.

An inlay doesn’t cover the pointed tips (cusps) of your teeth, where an onlay will cover one or more cusps and restores a larger portion of your tooth. However, an onlay isn’t as large as a dental crown and doesn’t require as much natural tooth material to be replaced.

Retain your Natural Tooth Material

Inlays and onlays are a preferred treatment as part of our minimally invasive approach to dentistry. No restoration is as strong as your natural enamel, and inlays and onlays help you retain more of your natural tooth in the long run, compared to alternative treatments like a filling or dental crown.

Compared to Fillings...

inlay and onlay restoration

Left tooth restored with an onlay.
Right tooth restored with an inlay.
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Since they are more durable, inlays and onlays don’t need to be replaced as often. Your teeth weaken each time a filling is replaced, which can lead to larger fillings, nerve damage, root canal therapy, a dental crown or even tooth extraction! Inlays and onlays can help prevent this destructive progression and are therefore less costly in the long run.

Compared to a Dental Crown...

Less of your natural tooth needs to be removed in placing an inlay or onlay, so your tooth will remain stronger for longer.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Made with Ideal Materials

Inlays and onlays are made with either porcelain or gold, which are biocompatible materials and are comparable in strength to your tooth’s natural enamel.


Porcelain inlays and onlays have the added benefit of matching your natural teeth, so they are unnoticeable, but we often recommend gold restorations for molars where strength is more important.

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