6729 Lake Rd,
Windsor, WI 53598

Inlays and Onlays

Higher End Fillings For Cavities In Windsor, WI

Inlays and onlays are used when more than half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. The pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.

What’s the difference between inlay and onlay?

An inlay is similar to a filling. It’s used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is more substantial reconstruction. It extends out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Contact Windsor Family Dental for a consultation on your options to protect weakened teeth.

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The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure.

The first inlay or onlay visit involves:

  1. Removing the filling being replaced or the damaged area of the tooth
  2. Preparing the tooth for the inlay or onlay
  3. Taking an impression of the tooth to ensure comfortable fit and bite
  4. Making a temporary restoration for the tooth
  5. Scheduling the second appointment

Your second inlay or onlay appointment will involve:

  1. Removing the temporary restoration
  2. Assuring the inlay or only fits correctly
  3. Bonding the inlay or onlay to the tooth with a strong resin
  4. Polishing the inlay or onlay to a smooth finish

Inlays vs Fillings

Traditional fillings, such as amalgam, can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. Inlays and onlays are directly bonded to the tooth using high-strength resins, increasing the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. Traditional fillings last about 5+ years while an inlay or onlay can last from 10 to 20 years.

To schedule your first inlay or onlay visit, contact our office today. We provide restorative dental treatments to patients out of Dane and Columbia County including Madison, DeForest, Waunakee, Arlington, and Sun Prairie.

Our restorative treatments include:

Dental Inlays & Onlays FAQs


Which is better inlay or onlay?

While inlays and onlays are known to be longer term solutions over many traditional fillings for cavities, determining which is better depends on your situation. For less extensive tooth reconstruction, inlays are prefered, lasting longer than onlays. In events where more major tooth reconstruction is needed, onlays cover more surface area of the tooth and can be a great alternative to crowns.

How much does it cost to get an onlay?

Onlays usually cost within the range of $800 - $1300, with many around $900. Check with your insurance plan on coverage for receiving an onlay, as the treatment is considered a health concern towards restoring damaged teeth.

How long do tooth onlays last?

Onlays can last an average of 10-15 years, noticeably less than inlays. Onlays do not last as long as inlays due to increased wear and tear. A longer lifespan is possible with proper care.

How much is a tooth inlay?

Tooth inlays cost anywhere between $500 - $2000, with many costing $700 - $800 on average. While inlays come with a greater cost, they tend to be more durable and last longer over traditional fillings. Check if your dental insurance covers dental inlays, as partial coverage for this treatment is common.

How long does a tooth inlay last?

Tooth inlays can last between 15 - 20 years. How long your tooth inlays last will ultimately depend on your choice of material. Porcelain inlays last the longest, with gold lasting the second longest and metal inlays lasting the least longest.

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