Inlays/Onlays


Inlays: An inlay is a filling that is custom made for your needs and preferences. The inlay is usually made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain.  Porcelain inlays are the most commonly used because they are made to resemble your natural tooth, made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by our doctors.

Inlays are typically recommended by one of our doctors to repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are commonly preferred over conventional silver and composite fillings. Inlays are also preferred over crowns because less tooth structure is removed for the preparation of inlays.

Reasons for inlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.

Onlays: An onlay is another filling that is custom made for your needs and preferences. The onlay is usually made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain.  Porcelain onlays are the most commonly used because they are made to resemble your natural tooth, made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by Dr. Tilger.

Onlays can be utilized by our team to repair any of your natural teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. This procedure is typically done conservatively. If you are wanting a more budget friendly alternative to crowns or caps, onlays are an ideal because less tooth structure is removed for their preparation.  Onlays and inlays are very similar procedurally with the exception being that onlays are needed when one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.

Reasons for onlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.