Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays treat teeth with significant surface damage. We use inlays or onlays when a third or more of a tooth’s biting surface has been damaged. Compared to full dental crowns, inlays and onlays are a much more conservative treatment option. At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, Dr. Desatnik and his team can use inlays and onlays to skillfully restore decayed and damaged teeth!


What is a Partial Crown?

Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They are made from either porcelain, gold, or composite resin and partially cover the biting surface of a damaged tooth. Dr. Desatnik uses inlays and onlays to fill in areas of a tooth that have been affected by decay or to restore portions of a tooth’s biting surface that have become chipped, cracked, or broken.

Porcelain is one of the most durable and natural-looking materials available. Professionals at a dental lab will carefully craft your restoration to match the natural shape and color of your teeth. Dr. Desatnik generally recommends porcelain inlays and onlays, but other materials are available at your request.

Diagram of partial crown

What Are the Differences Between Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays are smaller than onlays and crowns. We use inlays to fill or cover the center portion of a tooth’s biting surface. Inlays can treat minor damage or replace defective fillings.

For larger restorations, Dr. Desatnik will use an onlay. Onlays cover the center of the tooth and one or more of the tooth’s cusps. Because they are larger, onlays are perfect for treating severely damaged teeth.

Inlays and onlays are more conservative options than crowns. They are cheaper and require less alteration of your natural tooth structure.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

This is a same-day treatment at our office. During your visit, Dr. Desatnik will clean your tooth, remove any damaged or decayed tissue, and take out any fillings that need to be replaced. Your inlay or onlay will then be created.

Dr. Desatnik will remove your sealant and place your inlay or onlay. We may need to adjust your alteration to ensure it fits properly. Finally, your inlay or onlay will be bonded to your tooth with a strong resin.

To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact our office at 216-464-9800. We are happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you!

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