Dental House in Ann Arbor
(734) 999-9909
Mon - Thur: 9am to 6pm
Fri & Sat: 9am to 3pm
Dental House in Waterford
(947) 999-9909
Mon - Fri: 9am to 6pm
Sat: 9am to 3pm
Dental House in West Bloomfield
(248) 482-2222
Mon : 9am to 6pm
Wed - Fri: 9am to 6pm
No insurance?...No problem!
Free exam and x-rays " for new patients "
Make an Appointment
Pain-free dental treatment | Sedation available >>

At Dental House MI, we pride ourselves on offering dental care solutions that prioritize the preservation of your natural tooth structure while restoring its function and aesthetics. Inlays and onlays are two such treatments that can effectively tackle tooth damage or decay without the need for more invasive procedures. These restorations are designed to provide maximum strength and support to your teeth while minimizing intervention to the healthy tooth structure.

This guide aims to educate you about dental inlays and onlays, covering their applications, benefits, and how they differ from traditional dental fillings and crowns. By understanding the potential advantages and considerations of these restorative treatments, you will be equipped with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding your oral health care.

If you are considering a dental inlay or onlay to address tooth decay or structural concerns, our experienced team of dental professionals is ready to guide you through the process. Armed with the support and information necessary, you can embrace restorative dental care that prioritizes the overall well-being of your teeth while maintaining a minimally invasive approach.

Understanding Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made dental restorations designed to repair a damaged or decayed tooth without resorting to more invasive procedures such as dental crowns. They are used when the damage is too extensive for a conventional filling but not quite severe enough to merit a dental crown.

Inlays and onlays are fabricated from high-quality materials, usually porcelain, composite resin, or gold, to provide strength and durability. Inlays fit within the cusps or on the chewing surface of a tooth, while onlays extend over one or more of the cusps, providing even greater support and coverage.

Inlays and Onlays vs. Traditional Fillings and Crowns

Inlays and onlays offer a middle ground between traditional fillings and dental crowns in terms of restorative treatments:

1. Preservation of Tooth Structure: Unlike dental crowns, inlays and onlays require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure, making them an ideal conservative treatment option.

2. Increased Strength and Durability: In comparison to traditional fillings, inlays and onlays are made from stronger materials and provide better support to damaged teeth. They can also better withstand biting forces, making them a more durable restoration option.

3. Superior Fit and Seal: Inlays and onlays are custom-made, ensuring a precise fit and superior seal, which reduces the risk of recurrent decay and future dental problems.

4. Aesthetic Appeal: Inlays and onlays can be made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and composite resin, which blend seamlessly with the natural appearance of your teeth.

The Inlay and Onlay Procedure

The process of receiving an inlay or onlay typically involves two visits to your dentist:

1. Initial Consultation and Tooth Preparation: During the first visit, your dentist will assess the damage or decay and remove the affected tooth structure. An impression of the prepared tooth is then taken to create a mold for the inlay or onlay. A temporary filling may be placed to protect the tooth between visits.

2. Fitting and Bonding: In the second visit, the temporary filling is removed, and your dentist will check the fit of the custom-made inlay or onlay. Once a perfect fit is ensured, the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth with dental cement and polished to ensure a smooth and natural look.

Caring for Your Inlays and Onlays

With appropriate care, inlays and onlays can provide long-lasting restorations for damaged or decayed teeth:

1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Ensure regular brushing and flossing to keep your teeth clean and prevent buildup around the inlay or onlay.

2. Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings will help monitor the health of your teeth and the condition of your inlays or onlays.

3. Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects: Although inlays and onlays are durable, it is essential to avoid chewing on hard objects (such as ice) that could potentially damage the restoration.

4. Address Teeth Grinding: If you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), it is crucial to discuss possible solutions with your dentist, as this can damage your inlays or onlays over time.

Choosing the Right Dental Restoration for You

Each dental restoration method comes with its own set of benefits and considerations. When selecting the right treatment option, it is essential to assess the extent of tooth damage or decay and consider factors such as aesthetics, durability, and cost.

Inlays and onlays serve as a conservative yet highly effective treatment option for those looking to preserve as much of their natural tooth structure as possible. By understanding the advantages and limitations of inlays and onlays in comparison to other restorative treatments, you can make informed decisions regarding your dental care.

Should you find yourself considering a dental inlay or onlay to restore or protect your teeth, our experienced team at Dental House MI is here to help. We are committed to providing personalized, high-quality dental services designed to meet your unique needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore the possibilities of preserving and enhancing your beautiful smile!

No Insurance? No Worries! - Check our Affordable Dental Service Membership Plans

Invisalign aligner treatment offer at Dental House MI in Ann Arbor, Waterford, West Bloomfield

Dentures Center

Same Day - No Long Waiting!

In-house Dentures Labs in our Ann Arbor & Waterford dental offices

  • Same day dentures and same day dentures repair
  • In-house lab for immediate adjustments and relines
  • In-house dental lab technician
  • Same day sport guards and night guards
Same Day Dentures Center in Ann Arbor, Waterford, West Bloomfield, MI at Dental House

How Dental House Keeps Patients and Staff Safe:

Watch this video to learn how Dental House provides a safe environment for patients and staff during treatment. We also offer important information on how to keep yourself and others safe in the dental office.

Learn More
Watch More Dental Care Videos
Need help? We're available at
Ann Arbor Dentist Office
Hours : Mon to Thur 9am - 6pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 3pm
Address : 4860 Washtenaw Ave D, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Waterford Dentist Office
Hours : Mon to Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 3pm
Address : 5979 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327
West Bloomfield Dentist Office
Hours : Monday, Wednesday to Friday 9am - 6pm
Address : 6595 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
to top