Inlays & Onlays


Phoenix, AZ

When more than half of your tooth’s biting surface is damaged, your dentist will usually provide an inlay or onlay.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and Onlays can be composed of gold, porcelain, or even composite resin. These little pieces are cemented to the damaged part of the tooth. An inlay, which appears the same as a filling, is applied inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Whereas an onlay is a more strong reconstruction, same as the inlay but extends out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth!

Traditionally, gold has used to be the only material of choice for inlays and onlays. In the latest years, however, porcelain has turned out to be increasingly demanding because of its color and strength, which can obviously match the original color of your teeth.

How are inlays and onlays applied?

Inlays and Onlays just need two dental visits to finish off the process.  At your first visit, the dentist will replace your filling or eliminate the decaying or damaged part of the tooth, and your tooth will be prepped to receive the inlay or onlay. To give a proper fit and bite, an impression of your tooth will be taken by the dentist and will be sent to the lab for designing it. Your dentist will then place a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next visit.

At your second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary sealant. Dr. Khara will then ensure that the inlay or onlay fits properly. Once the fit is totally satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be attached to the tooth with the help of a strong resin and then polished to give a smooth finish.

Considerations for inlays and onlays

Traditional fillings can lessen the strength of an original tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative method, inlays and onlays, which are affixed directly onto your tooth with the help of special high-strength resins, can really enhance the strength of your tooth by up to 75 percent. Therefore, as a result, they can remain with you for 10 to 30 years. In certain conditions, where the damage to the tooth is not that extensive enough to place a whole crown, onlays can turn out to be a very good alternative.


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