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 Inlays/Onlays & White (Composite) Fillings In Granite Bay

What Are Inlays & Onlays for Your Teeth?

Inlays/onlays are used to repair a blemished tooth and is used as a substitute to dental fillings or crowns. Inlays/onlays are also determined by the area of where they will be placed during this dental procedure. These dental constructions will be formed from a single piece custom fitted and made of strong materials able to withstand everyday use such as eating and biting. With proper dental care and good oral health, inlays/onlays will last for a long time. Our Granite Bay dental office is here for each patient and aims to provide just the right professional dental services for your family so that your teeth stay in the best shape possible and your smile stays confident.


An inlay or onlay is in between a crown or dental metal filling. These are used if you do not have the proper length of tooth left to support a dental filling but not adequate enough to insert a crown. An inlay is comparable to a dental filling but it sits within the biting area cusps. An onlay is more extensive and covers multiple teeth. Ceramics or gold is used for inlays or onlay. These can last for decades depending on the type you choose the teeth applied to the force of biting and how well the patient takes care of their oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. 

Onlays benefits: 

  • Onlays are less likely to discolor rather than colored resin filling.
  • They allow the conservation of a tooth. 
  • Gold or porcelain onlays do not shrink but a composite dental filling does shrink when it dries. Onlays are custom fitted to your teeth and are easier to clean than a dental crown. Onlays are stable and strong. 
  • Onlays do not require your tooth to be reconstructed to apply the onlay. 

Onlays Can Be A Substitute to Crowns

An onlay is a great substitute to a dental crown and are considerably more economical than a full crown. The tooth that is acquiring the onlay will be saved as much as possible. It’s also a good option if you have moderate tooth decay spanning into the flossing region. Inlays instead of using amalgam dental fillings you can now use inlays that will fill your cavities with a dental material that color matches your tooth. You may also consider filling your existing dental fillings with inlays to create a practically invisible cosmetic dental procedure. Inlays are implanted to repair the biting surface of your blemished teeth. Inlays can be created from porcelain or gold.

Creating An Inlay for Your Smile

The doctor will remove the rotted section of the teeth and create a mold. You will then have a substitute inlay implanted while the inlay is created out of porcelain at the lab. The temp inlay will allow you to comfortably and chew safely. After the inlay is received you will have another dental treatment to perfectly fit them into place. 

How Long Will They Last?

While our Granite Bay dental professionals can’t guarantee the longevity of inlays or onlays, many have lasted up to 30 years! Although, it is important to note that the amount of wear and tear each individual puts on their inlays/onlays plays a large role in it’s life expectancy. Along with proper oral hygiene and regular dentist visits, a patient must make sure they aren’t chewing on hard items or grinding their teeth in order to keep their inlays and onlays in pristine shape.

One Day Inlays

Smile Time Dental dentists can create your inlay in a single day. With CEREC technology we can create and mill inlays on site. With this new dentistry technology we can create custom-made inlays/onlays and insert them onto your tooth in question in one dental appointment.

Call us to schedule a dental appointment at our Granite Bay office or request a dentist meet and greet online with our friendly dental staff.

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Inlay\Onlay FAQ

Q: How long do dental inlays and onlays last?

A: Inlays and Onlays are made in house at our Granite Bay office and can last up to 30 years.

Q: What is a dental inlay and onlay?

A: An inlay is used to fill an old dental filling and fits inside the cusp tips. An onlay extends over the cusps of the tooth.

Q: What is a composite inlay or onlay?

A: This is an alternative dental material to ceramic and gold inlay and onlay.

Q: How are onlays and inlays applied?

A: This dental procedure requires one dentist office appointment with us to prep the teeth, create a bite impression and apply a sealant. At the next dental appointment, our dental team would apply the inlay or onlay to the tooth in question.

Q: How do I get an appointment at the Granite Bay office?

A:You can call us at our Granite Bay dentistry office to set up a new meeting with our friendly dental staff or you can Make a dental appointment online.


If you have more questions regarding Inlays and Onlays, don’t be afraid to reach out to our office staff for answers. We want you to understand your procedure and know that you are receiving the best treatment for your oral health because a great smile starts when you are feeling confident. Contact us at (916) 260-0704 to reach our Granite Bay office so that you can speak with someone for assistance.