Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays can help restore your tooth if you damage its biting surface. As an alternative to traditional fillings, they not only repair your tooth but also strengthen it.

Dental Inlays and Onlays in Santa Barbara County, CA

Dental inlays and onlays are available in various materials to strengthen damaged teeth. They are attached to the teeth using strong resins, increasing tooth strength by up to 75 percent. They can last between ten and 30 years, offering a durable solution for damaged teeth that don’t require a full crown. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged part of the tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling and is placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth, while an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction that extends over one or more of the tooth’s cusps. While gold has traditionally been the material of choice, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and ability to match the natural color of teeth.

digital visual of a bottom row tooth receiving a dental inlay
  • What are dental inlays and onlays?

    Dental inlays and onlays are a porcelain, gold or composite resin that’s bonded to the surface of your tooth. An inlay is like a filling and for the inner cusp of the tooth. An onlay extends over one of more cusps of your tooth.

  • How do you apply dental inlays and onlays?

    Your dental inlay or onlay requires two appointments. At the first visit, we replace your filling or correct any damage from the tooth, preparing it for the inlay or onlay. We take an impression, so the piece fits your mouth and bite. Then we add a temporary sealant.

    At your second visit, we remove the temporary sealant and fit the inlay or onlay. Once the fit is correct, we bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth with resin and polish as needed.

  • When should I get a dental inlay or onlay?

    You may benefit from a dental inlay or onlay if you need to fill in grooves in your tooth, especially after breakdown from injury or decay. Dental inlays or onlays focus on the cusp of the tooth, biting surface or tips. They are stronger than regular dental fillings and are a helpful tooth-colored restoration option.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about dental inlays and onlys, or if you would like to request an appointment, contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.