Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.

Ideal candidates for inlay or onlay work typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have sufficient teeth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Durable- Inlays and onlays are made from tough materials which can last up to 30 years.
  • Natural look- Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to metal fillings.
  • Great fit- Inlays and onlays will not expand or contract based on temperature like metal fillings.
  • Minimal tooth structure removed-Inlays and onlays prolong tooth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.


It takes two appointments for the inlays and onlays treatment to be completed and to be bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. At the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory to create the permanent inlay or onlay. Before you leave, you will be fitted with a temporary inlay/onlay to keep the tooth protected between visits. During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary protective material and fit your tooth with the permanent inlay or onlay received from the laboratory.

If you want to learn more about dental inlays or onlays, simply call Lake Dental and we will answer any questions you may have.