Inlays & Onlays

About Indirect Fillings: Inlays & Onlays

Plymouth, NH patients at Pemi Baker Family Dental know that we offer the most advanced, minimally-invasive services for clients. That includes the types of restorations available for you to choose from.

If you’ve ever had a tooth that is too badly damaged for a dental filling, but a full coverage crown is a bit excessive, then lab made indirect fillings like porcelain inlays and onlays may be the best solution.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Sometimes inlays and onlays are called “three-quarter crowns” because they’re made in a lab like a dental crown, but only cover 2/3-3/4 of a tooth. While inlays restore the valleys and grooved areas of teeth, onlays rebuild the cusps (pointed biting edges) and surrounding areas.

Because inlays and onlays are made as one piece, they’re more durable than filling material that’s placed directly into a tooth during a restorative treatment. This allows them to serve more functional needs during everyday biting and chewing, but without taking away from the appearance of your smile. You see, our inlays and onlays can be made of custom matched porcelain, as well as gold (which is ideal in non-visible but heavy load-bearing areas.)

What to Expect

When you visit Pemi Baker Family Dental for an inlay or onlay treatment, you can usually expect the process to take place over two separate appointments. During the first visit we will prep your tooth and take an impression, then possibly place a temporary filling or crown over it to minimize the risk of sensitivity. About two weeks later, you’ll return for us to place the final restoration, check the fit, and bond it securely in place.

Why go for a more aggressive treatment such as a crown, when it’s possible to utilize more of your natural tooth structure? Explore our inlay and onlay options to find out if they’re right for your smile!