What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are like fillings, but they are used when there is not enough tooth structure left to support a filling and the tooth is not damaged enough to need a crown.

With inlays, our dentists concentrate the entire work within the cusps, or bumps, on the chewing surface of your tooth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays. They cover one or more cusps completely. Onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. Inlays and onlays are more durable than fillings and they last much longer, up to 30 years. They also do not weaken the tooth as much as traditional fillings. Inlays and onlays can be made of tooth-colored resins, porcelain, or gold. Thanks to CEREC® one-visit restoration technology, we can provide custom porcelain inlays and onlays at our office in just one appointment.

Do I need a dental inlay or onlay?

Do you have a cavity that a filling would not sufficiently treat? Is your tooth damaged, but not so much that a crown is required? Inlays and onlays can save your tooth. Drs. Howard and Howard may recommend an onlay or inlay in Encino, California to restore the appearance, strength, and health of the tooth.

We welcome you to call The Dental Office of Encino today with any questions or to schedule an appointment with our skilled dentists!