Inlays & Onlays

An inlay or onlay restoration may be recommended by Dr. Clanton when there has been damage to a tooth or decay is present and healthy tooth structure still remains (not enough missing tooth structure to warrant reinforcement by a crown).  Inlays and onlays are generally considered conservative tooth restorations and are custom made in a dental laboratory similar to a crown or veneer.  They can be made of gold, composite, porcelain, or other ceramic materials.  Ceramics are usually the material of choice due to strength and natural color that blends with adjacent teeth.


Inlays and onlays require two visits for completion of procedure.  The first visit will involve preparation, decay removal, impression, and temporization of the tooth.  The second visit after laboratory fabrication, involves placement of the restoration and “bonding” it to the tooth.  Durability and longevity for these restorations is similar to dental veneers and crowns being directly dependent on home care and dental hygiene maintenance visits.


Inlays and onlays are both a good restorative choice when indicated, but tend to be utilized less frequently today due to advances in composite resin materials and newer ceramic materials now available for veneers and crowns.

Please call our office Ashby Clanton DDS Phone Number 423-929-7146) or contact us online if you any questions regarding inlay and onlay restorations.