Inlay / Onlay

Dental restorations restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure, which can be caused by caries or external trauma, such as chipping or cracking a tooth. Fabrication of an inlay/onlay (a type of dental restoration) can be completed in one or two visits depending on the material used. If porcelain is selected as the best material for your inlay/onlay, often times this can be completed the same day using our CEREC technology and milling unit.

What is an inlay/onlay?

An inlay/onlay is a restoration that replaces natural tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, which can strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth. Inlays/onlays are necessary when a tooth has been damaged significantly and cannot be adequately restored with a filling. An inlay/onlay can protect a weak tooth from fracturing; it also can prevent a cracked tooth from further damage.

How should I care for my teeth after I receive an inlay/onlay?

To prevent damaging or fracturing the crown, avoid chewing extremely hard foods and ice. You also should avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. In addition to brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly, cleaning between your teeth is essential. Use floss to remove plaque from the area where the gum meets the tooth. This process helps to prevent both dental decay and gum disease.

What do I do if I’m still confused about these procedures?

If you are still unclear about the process of placing an inlay/onlay, speak to your dentist. Your dentist can walk you through the steps of the procedures and address any questions or concerns you may have.


Dental Associates of the Southwest, Durango & Bayfield, CO

Durango: (970) 259-0113
Bayfield: (970) 884-0287