Dental Inlays & Onlays


As a Danville dentist based in San Ramon, CA, Pro Smile Dental Care offers many effective dental repair solutions, including dental inlays and onlays. Both treatment options have unique benefits and applications, but how are they different from the fillings or crowns you may be more familiar with, and how do you know which tooth repair treatment you need?

We’re here with answers, so you can make educated decisions about your oral health.

Who Needs This Procedure?

Inlays and onlays both strengthen and repair tooth damage. They may be a good option if you have a weak or extensively damaged tooth, but want to preserve as much enamel as possible.

What Are Dental Inlays?

Both dental inlays and onlays are restorative treatment options that we can use when fillings won’t give you enough of a repair and crowns are overkill for your individual circumstance. Inlays are usually bonded to fill damage in the hollow areas of a tooth or between teeth.

  • Minor Tooth Decay – Small Cavities
  • Tooth Fractures
  • Damage To Non-Cusp Areas Of Teeth

Inlays Vs. Onlays For Tooth Repair

Onlays or “partial crowns,” on the other hand, fit onto the cusps (points) or the chewing surface of a tooth. The location and extent of the decay or damage determine which option our dental team will choose. Both treatments are similar to fillings in durability, but can typically repair areas that traditional fillings can’t.

  • Larger Cavities
  • Damaged Cusp Areas Or Biting Surfaces
  • Fractured Or Cracked Teeth

What Will My Appointment Be Like?

First, we clear out any decayed enamel and take a mold of your damaged tooth. Depending on whether we create the repair in our on-site lab or send it out, you may have a temporary repair placed.

Then, we design the inlay or onlay out of porcelain, resin, or gold to fit, feel, and look natural. We will discuss the best options depending on where the placement will be and how much wear you can expect in that area.

Lastly, our dentist fits the repair onto the tooth, checking your bite, surrounding teeth, and polishing the places where the tooth and repair meet. This strengthens and protects the restored area.

How Long Do Inlays & Onlays Last?

Depending on your dental hygiene habits, your tooth repair can last anywhere from 5 to 30 years. It’s essential to floss daily, brush twice daily, and minimize unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth after treatment.

If you grind your teeth or love crunchy foods, make sure to let us know, so we can go over preventative care and choose the longest-lasting options for you.

East Bay Area Dental Restoration

Whether you’re looking to repair a damaged tooth or create a smile that you can be proud of, we’re here to help you look and feel your best. Contact your friendly family dentist, Pro Smile Dental Care, to learn more.

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