Inlays and Onlays Treatment

Our mouth is an ideal environment in which bacteria can grow, so it is likely that we will experience some degree of tooth decay. The most common treatment for minor cases of tooth decay is a dental filling. When tooth decay has gone too far to be treated with a dental filling, Dr. David Redford, a respected Denver cosmetic dentist, offers inlays and onlays treatment.


Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

When you suffer from a degree of decay that cannot be treated with a dental filling, you should consider inlay or onlay treatment. While regular dental fillings can leave a tooth vulnerable to continued decay, inlays and onlays actually strengthen the tooth and protect it from bacteria. Dr. Redford can examine your teeth and the extent of your tooth decay to determine if you are a candidate for inlays or onlays treatment.

Inlays and Onlays Treatment

Inlays and onlays replace lost or damaged tooth material, and cover a portion of the tooth’s surface to actually leave the tooth stronger and more functional. Dr. Redford will decide if you need an inlay or onlay based on the degree of decay that has taken place. An inlay is used if the decay is within the tooth’s cusps and an onlay is required if the decay has extended to include one or more of the tooth’s bumpy structures on the biting surface.

Because the inlays will cover such a large portion of the tooth, we usually recommend that they be composed of a tooth-colored material. This will allow the restoration to blend in and leave the aesthetics of your teeth uncompromised.

We will need to perform treatment over a span of two dental appointments. One appointment will be needed to clean and prepare the tooth. After all the decay has been removed, we will be able to get an accurate impression to use as a model for the inlay or onlay. Dr. Redford will likely place a temporary filling at this point, while the inlay or onlay is constructed off-site. At your second and final appointment, we can replace your temporary filling with the inlay or onlay. The restoration will be cemented to the tooth and treatment will be complete.


Inlays and onlays are a preferred treatment method because they allow patients to keep their healthy tooth material. Instead of replacing or covering the tooth, an inlay or onlay becomes part of the tooth and strengthens it. Someone with an inlay or onlay can comfortably perform any normal function of the mouth.

Alternate Treatments

For our patients in Denver, dental crowns or other reconstructive dental treatments will be necessary if tooth decay is severe or the function and structure of the tooth have been severely compromised. Dr. Redford will determine which treatment will be most beneficial.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about inlays and onlays treatment, as well as the other dental treatments we offer, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Redford. He will be happy to perform an exam and determine your best course of treatment.

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