Dental inlays and onlays are a type of restoration used like a dental filling. They are often used when a filling is insufficient, but a crown is not needed. Inlays and onlays can be used to restore teeth that are weakened by wear, decay or other damage. As with a dental fillings, inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of durable materials such as resin, porcelain and/or gold.

Inlay vs. Onlay

The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth.
  • A dental inlay is most like a tooth filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth.
  • An only, also called a partial crown, covers more of the biting surface.

About the Procedure

In our Skokie, IL dental office, dental inlays and onlays typically require two visits. The first appointment will involve the dentist examination and preparation of the tooth. Dr. Kunnel will take an impression of your tooth to create a model for the permanent restoration. Dr. Kunnel may place a temporary inlay or onlay on your tooth to provide protection in between visits. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return for the final visit, where the permanent restoration will be bonded to the tooth.