Inlays and Onlays

At Semans Family Dentistry, we want to make your treatment process as simple and straightforward as possible. We always try to take a conservative approach to our services and never push unnecessary procedures on our patients. That is why, if you have a minor injury or tooth decay, we can often bypass costly dental crowns and use inlays and onlays to restore your smile instead!

What Are Inlays and Onlays Used to Treat?

Inlays and onlays are often known as partial crowns. They are made from high-quality porcelain or ceramic materials. We use them to address enamel damage and decay on the top of the teeth. Inlays and onlays are excellent options for small tooth restorations since they are sturdy, cost-efficient, and require minimal tooth alteration.

We recommend inlays and onlays for patients with:

  • Mild to moderate tooth decay
  • Slightly cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth

Inlays and onlays require less drilling and fewer alterations to the enamel than other restorative options. They are a perfect choice for those wanting a more conservative approach to their tooth repairs.

What Are the Differences Between Inlays and Onlays?

We generally use inlays and onlays when repairing teeth in the back of the mouth. Because we make them with porcelain or ceramic, they are sturdier and more reliable than simple dental fillings. Inlays are smaller and more conservative than onlays. We use inlays when none of the tooth cusps are damaged, and we can install the inlay directly onto the surface of the enamel. If the damage is more extensive, we will use onlays instead.

What is the Procedure?

Your visit will begin with an examination and consultation with Dr. Semans. While he checks your teeth, he will determine if an inlay or onlay is the best option for you or if a dental crown is needed instead. After your examination, Dr. Semans will discuss his findings and help you choose a treatment.

Once you have both decided that an inlay or onlay is the best way to move forward, Dr. Semans will take a detailed impression of your damaged tooth. He will then send this information to a dental laboratory where professional technicians will design and craft your porcelain or ceramic restoration. This process will take a few weeks.

After a short waiting period, we will call to schedule a follow-up appointment. During your second visit, Dr. Semans will prepare your tooth before permanently placing your inlay or onlay onto the tooth with a strong dental cement. After making any final adjustments and polishing your new restoration, your procedure will be complete.

If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, please call our office at (330) 867-4461, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online.