gold onlay

Gold Onlay Example

Inlays and onlays are designed to restore areas of decay in damaged teeth.  They are used when tooth decay or fracture is so extensive that using a filling  could compromise the structural integrity of the restored tooth or substandard biting forces.  While more expensive than fillings, inlays and onlays are considered superior in terms of resistance to biting forces.

INLAYS are used to repair smaller areas of teeth similar to fillings.

ONLAYS are used for larger restorations typically used to repair damage involving the cusps.


At Smiles By Design we use CEREC® technology to create the inlay or onlay. With  CEREC® we take a digital image of your teeth then custom-design your inlay or onlay restoration on the screen to be produced on our milling machine.  This means a perfect fitting restoring, and quick same-day repairs for you.