Dental inlays and onlays are a fantastic type of restoration for teeth that are too damaged for a filling, but not damaged enough for a dental crown.

Dental Inlays

Similar to fillings, inlays fit inside the outer edges of your tooth. An inlay is often made from porcelain for a natural look and requires two visits – one for impressions and a temporary inlay, and the second for the bonding of the permanent restoration.

Dental Onlays

Onlays might also be called partial tooth caps. These also take two days of work, with a temporary being placed during the first appointment. Unlike a full crown, onlays cover just a small piece of the impacted tooth.


Do inlays and onlays fix cavities?
Your Sandwich dentist will use inlays and onlays, much like fillings, to fill or cover the area where a cavity once was. It minimizes the possibility of further decay to the existing tooth.
What are the most common treatments for tooth decay?

The most common tooth decay treatments that Your Sandwich dental provider use include:

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Restorations, including fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns/tooth caps
  • Root canals
  • In the most extreme cases, extraction

At Sandwich Dental Associates, we can also use dental inlays and onlays for cosmetic enhancement. If you would like to find out more about these restoration options, call 508.759.2724 today to schedule an appointment with our Sandwich, MA dental office.