Inlays And Onlays Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Treating tooth decay before it worsens is the key to restoring your beautiful smile. The team of experienced dentists at Dr. K Dental use inlays, onlays, and other tooth restorations to rebuild normal tooth structure and prevent further damage. Call for an appointment at our office located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, or use the online scheduling tool.

Inlays and Onlays

What are onlays and inlays?

If tooth damage is too extensive for a traditional filling but not severe enough to require a crown, your Dr. K Dental provider might recommend inlays or onlays to restore your tooth.


Tooth-colored inlays, made of porcelain, ceramic, or dental composites, fit within the valleys, or cusps, of back molar teeth. Inlays strengthen your teeth after decay or other tooth damage.


Onlays cover more than one tooth cusp of a molar and often extend throughout its entire chewing surface. Onlays are tooth-colored like inlays and can restore decay that’s too severe for traditional fillings. 

What should I expect during inlay or onlay placement?

The procedure your dentist uses is the same for either an inlay or onlay. During your first dental appointment at Dr. K Dental, your provider removes decay and reshapes your tooth, if necessary, in preparation for inlay or onlay placement. They create a model of the tooth and send it to a dental lab where a technician crafts custom inlays or onlays.

Once your dental restoration is ready, you’ll schedule a second appointment. Your dentist cements your inlay or onlay onto the tooth’s surface, where it remains permanently to strengthen your tooth’s structure and improve its chewing force. 

What are the signs of tooth decay?

You might require an inlay or onlay if you have tooth decay, also known as a cavity. Signs and symptoms of cavities include:

  • Holes or pits in your teeth
  • A toothache
  • Pain when chewing or biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Black, brown, or white stains

If your cavity is severe, you might require a crown or root canal instead of inlays or onlays.

How should I care for inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays fit perfectly within your natural teeth. Care for them by:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly
  • Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting sugary drinks and other sweets
  • Avoiding chewing on ice and hard candies
  • Attending regular dental cleanings and exams

With proper care, inlays and onlays are long-lasting. To schedule your next dental cleaning and exam to rule out or treat tooth decay, call Dr. K Dental or book an appointment online.