Inlays/Onlays

Restoring & Protecting Decayed Teeth

If more tooth structure has been lost (from decay or previous broken filling) than can effectively be repaired with a chairside resin or amalgam filling, then laboratory-made resin or ceramic inlays and onlays may offer a more conservative alternative to a full crown. Inlays and onlays are stronger and more wear resistant than chairside-placed fillings. They are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.  The tooth remains intact and stronger. In addition, they often do not need to be placed below the gum line, which is healthier for your gums. The result is a beautiful smile that lasts! 


Call Mark Goodfellow, DDS, Inc Phone Number 714-647-9339 with any questions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodfellow.


Placing Inlays/Onlays: 

This process requires two appointments. 

Your First Appointment:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: A ceramic or resin material is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment:

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!