Inlays and Onlays

dental inlay onlayWalnut Creek, Concord, and Lafayette, CA

Certain areas of decay are too large to be repaired with a filling, but also too small for a crown to be used for the restoration. For patients with this type of decay, the office of Dr. Brian Hockel recommends an inlay or onlay as the best treatment option.

We use inlays and onlays made either of top-grade dental porcelain, a composite resin material, or even gold, depending on the patient’s need. Inlays and onlays are known for their durability and ability to preserve tooth structure.  And resin or porcelain inlays or onlays can be matched in color to be indistinguishable from your remaining natural teeth. The staff of Dr. Hockel’s office will use the pre-procedure consultation to help you determine whether an inlay or onlay is best for you.

The difference between inlays and onlays

A dental inlay is used to repair surfaces of a tooth that are in between the cusps of the tooth (the tiny bumps on the top of your teeth) . An onlay is used for more significant damage, which typically involves covering one or more cusps of a tooth as well as parts of the chewing surface.

Inlays and onlays also can replace larger fillings that may be failing or causing problems.

Why choose an inlay or onlay?

Both inlays and onlays preserve more of the natural tooth than a crown, which replaces the entire exterior structure of a tooth.

What should I expect from an inlay or onlay procedure?

The type of material that we use to repair your tooth will determine the length of treatment. Composite resin, porcelain, or gold inlays or onlays are similar to crowns in requiring two visits to complete the procedure, and they also involve working with our trusted dental lab to handcraft your restoration.

To learn more about our dental inlays and onlays, or any of our other restorative treatment options, call (925) 705-4055 to schedule an initial consultation.

Dr. Hockel’s office serves patients in Walnut Creek, Concord, and Lafayette, California.