Inlays and Onlays


Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.

In this procedure, we remove the decayed area of the tooth at our Bemidji dental office, then take a mold of the tooth and send it to the lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin, which takes about 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth.

During your next visit, the new, custom inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and permanently set so that your smile looks brand new!