Inlays / Onlays Decision Guide

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5 Simple steps toward making the right decision yourself. Just follow our inlay/onlay decison guide below:

Step 1: What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations made from porcelain that are used to repair damaged teeth that are too weakened to support a dental filling, but are not so far gone that they require a dental crown.

Dental inlays are used to cover the chewing surfaces between the tooth’s cusp, while onlays are used to repair the cusps themselves.

Step 2: Am I a candidate?

To determine if an inlay or onlay is the best treatment option for you, you’ll need a dental exam, x-rays and, possibly, intra-oral images to diagnose the issue and determine what’s the best course of action to resolve it.

Step 3: How are inlays and onlays made?
  • First the dentist prepares the tooth.
  • Once the desired amount of preparation has occurred, an impression is taken so that a permanent custom porcelain filling can be constructed by our lab technician.
  • A temporary is placed to prevent any sensitivity from occurring to the tooth.
  • Two weeks after the preparation the permanent porcelain restoration is cemented.
Step 4: What about cost?

The cost for the inlay/onlay starts at $1306.

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