Inlays and onlays are the perfect fit for you if your dental problem requires something a little more involved than a quick filling, but not quite as extensive as a full crown. These two methods of dental restoration are custom made and can have you smiling radiantly in a short amount of time. Keep reading to discover how inlays and onlays can give your oral health a powerful boost.


Inlays and onlays will get your teeth looking great again, but that is not all they do; typically used to fill large cavities or chips, they also restore your tooth’s structural integrity so that you can bite with confidence once again. Inlays go inside the tooth and are bonded to the center part of the tooth. Onlays usually extend over the surface of the tooth and are bonded to the top surface. Both inlays and onlays are custom-made, and are typically porcelain, composite resin, or gold; these materials are strong, durable, and stain resistant. Porcelain and composite resins are preferred by most people, because they can be colored to match your teeth and still provide a good strength and durability.

Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so while more expensive than resins, it will not stain like a resin might over time. Inlays and onlays can last over 30 years, providing you with maximum tooth functionality with minimal maintenance. The procedure for getting inlays or onlays is straightforward with minimal discomfort; It starts with removing any previous cavity fillings, then progresses to an impression of the tooth to assist with designing the inlays/onlays, then a temporary filling is applied while the inlays/onlays are being fabricated, and finally you will have the permanent ones bonded to your teeth. Getting inlays or onlays is an easy way to give your teeth the boost they need to function well and support good oral health. Please call us to set-up an appointment for your inlays or onlays- we look forward to restoring your teeth to their former glory!

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Geelan Dental Care

Call Us: (503) 223-1322

Visit Us: 5320 South Macadam Ave, Suite #100
Portland, OR 97239

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Fri – Sun: Closed

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