Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are types of restorations that help to restore a tooth to its original size and shape. They’re a medium between a filling and a crown, since they’re meant to replace larger areas of a tooth than a filling but aren’t as large as a dental crown. They can last for decades with proper care and are designed to look like your own teeth. The process to both make and place inlays and onlays is quite easy and quick.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

You may need an inlay if you have a larger filling that needs to be removed or if you have a lot of decay inside the cusps of a tooth. Onlays sit on the very top of the tooth’s crown and are ideal for areas that have broken, cracked or chipped. They are necessary for regaining the original look of the tooth while improving functionality.

“The staff is friendly, and Dr George is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He explains everything he’s going to do and presents all your options.”

Ryan M.

Who’s a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

We can perform an exam to determine if you’ll benefit from an inlay or onlay. Most patients who need this type of restoration can safely have the procedure done in our office. Our goal is to provide you with a full, even smile that is comfortable and healthy. You’re a good candidate for the procedure if you want a more durable restoration that you won’t need to worry about for years.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

We first administer a local anesthetic to the area so that we can begin working on the tooth. We then remove any old filling or decay from the tooth and smooth down jagged edges. Impressions are taken so that we can create a beautiful new restoration just for you. You’ll come in for a second appointment so that either the inlay or onlay can be placed permanently. We’ll adjust the bite and you’ll be ready to leave our office with confidence.

If you think you might benefit from an inlay or onlay, call us today and we will be able to answer all of your questions.


Here at Confident Smiles, we practice all CDC and OSHA standards of infection control on a daily basis, even prior to this virus. We treat everything to the highest standards for our patient’s and employee’s safety. 

We are able to see ALL patients at this time. 

We clean everything with hospital level disinfectants as part of our standard protocol and we sterilize all of our instruments. The handwashing protocol advised by the CDC is routine for us. We feel safe enough to continue to stay open and care for our patients since we always practice disease prevention as advised by OSHA and the CDC. As per our standard policy, sick patients will NOT be seen to protect all involved in their dental care. 

We have added the following precautions to our daily protocol

  • Patient phone screening questions about current symptoms illness and/or recent travel
  • Usage of hand sanitizer for every patient who enters the office
  • Daily employee screening questions about current symptoms of illness 

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