Dental Inlays and Onlays

Onlays and Inlays in New York City / Manhattan

When it comes to repairing a damaged or broken tooth, there’s a lot of factors at play — from the size of the fracture to the state of remaining adjacent healthy teeth. Fortunately for you, our expert cosmetic dentists in Midtown are here to help diagnose and restore your smile to its full glory.

If you find yourself in a position where your tooth requires a large filling, but isn’t damaged enough to warrant a full crown placement, one of our Rockefeller Cosmetic dentists may suggest an onlay or inlay as the best, most cost-effective, lasting solution for your needs.

Dental inlay vs dental onlay


Inlay                            Onlay

What are onlays and inlays?

Onlays and inlays fall into a category between dental crowns and fillings. Essentially, they are used to restore and prevent the further spread of cavities that are too large for a filling but not large enough for a full crown.


What are they made of?

These come in a variety of materials depending on the price and durability you wish to install. At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer gold, composite resin, and porcelain dental onlays, each with their own benefits and disadvantages — most of which can last over 30 years when properly cared for. Depending on the size of your filling and the material you and your dentist select, your onlay or inlay could be exactly the long-lasting treatment option you need to keep smiling well into the next several decades!


What is the difference between onlays and inlays?

Differences between dental inlays and onlaysThe only real difference between onlays and inlays is the position of the cavity being filled (and subsequently the placement of the cover). Onlays are used to cover larger areas that include the tooth’s biting surface while inlays fill smaller regions between the cusps at the center of the tooth. Oftentimes dentists call onlays “partial crowns” since they, like full crowns, cover a large portion of the tooth’s surface and provide longer-lasting support than fillings.

How do I know which is right for me?

Make an appointment with us today. During your examination, we will assess your entire dental health as well as the tooth (or teeth) in question. Only then will we be able to determine your best option for treatment and materials while working with your dental insurance provider to keep the fix within your budget.


At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentists, we believe in advising you, our patient, based on the best, longest-lasting solution at affordable prices. If you are experiencing dental problems or pain, we’re here to help — regardless of whether you need a filling, an onlay, or a crown. Schedule your consultation today by calling our midtown dentist office at (212) 581-1091.