Inlays & Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or fractured teeth that would generally not need a crown. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the top edges of the tooth, while a dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.

How Do I Know If I Need It / Symptoms?

If you have a cracked or fractured tooth that does not need to be removed, then this is an option to avoid tooth extractions or getting a crown. This procedure is also used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced.

What Can Happen If I Don't Get It Fixed, Left Untreated?

Having a cracked tooth can lead to excessive pain when chewing certain foods, as well as risk of tooth decay.

Having an inlay or onlay procedure includes these benefits:

  • Tough, Hard-Wearing Materials Which Last Up To 30 Years
  • Stronger Teeth By Up To 75 Percent Compared To Traditional Metal Fillings
  • Prolonged Tooth Life To Prevent The Additional Dental Treatment In The Future

What Are My Options, If Any?

The restoration is considered an "inlay" when the center of a tooth receives the bonding. Conversely, the restoration is dubbed an "onlay" when most of the damage requires one or more points of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface. It is advised to discuss with your dentist which option is best for the tooth or teeth being treated.

What Does The Procedure Look Like?

During treatment the dentist takes an impression of the tooth, which is sent to the dental laboratory. For older filling replacement, the old filling is removed beforehand under local anesthesia. The new inlay or onlay is made from porcelain, gold or composite resin material. At the next appointment, the inlay or onlay is then cemented into place. The inlay or onlay blends successfully with the treated tooth and your other teeth to create natural, uniform appearance.

What Is The Recovery Time?

Each visit to the dentist for treatment takes about an hour, but the first appointment taking slightly longer due to the preparation process. Some discomfort after the procedure is very common, and the new tooth surface may feel a little odd, but you will soon get used how the new tooth surface feels and looks in your mouth. The tissue around the treated tooth may feel sore or sensitive to hot and cold liquids, but this should subside in a couple of days. If you do feel some discomfort, you can purchase over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate the symptoms.

Am I A Candidate?

Please call our Elmwood Park office at 708-456-1188 to schedule a consultation.

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