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Inlays & Onlays – Lisle, IL

Rebuild Your Tooth Using a Natural-Looking Solution

Woman visiting her dentist in Lisle for a restoration.Your teeth are meant to last forever with the right care. Unfortunately, that isn’t a reality for many Americans. Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, it’s normal for a tooth to suffer extensive damage. As a result, a filling may not be a suitable option to save it; however, a dental crown might be too drastic. As an alternative to either treatment, your dentist in Lisle can repair it with an onlay or inlay. They provide a middle ground between a filling and a crown to provide long-lasting results.

Inlays VS Onlays

Digital model of an inlay.

A filling or crown is often used to fill cavities or rehabilitate a compromised tooth. While they are effective, they aren’t your only options. Instead, you might be a candidate for:


An inlay is a custom-made restoration that’s molded and fitted onto the chewing surface of a tooth that has suffered damage. Whether from decay or injury, we use an impression of your mouth to create an inlay that fits in the hollow of your tooth below the cusps.


An onlay differs from an inlay. While it also treats decay, it restores the cusp of a tooth. This provides a better alternative to a filling, which can crack under the pressure of chewing. The onlay will strengthen the tooth overall by recreating the cusps and the spaces between them.

What Can I Expect with Onlays & Inlays?

Digital image of an onlay.

After an initial consultation to create a customized plan, Dr. Frank or Dr. Marchese will begin enhancing your tooth. They’ll use digital X-rays to assess its overall structure when designing your plan. They will begin rehabilitating your tooth by eliminating any areas of decay. Your tooth is cleaned and disinfected before we take a digital impression of it, which is sent to the dental lab.

We may place a temporary restoration because it can take the lab a couple of weeks to craft your inlay or onlay. It’s made of all-ceramic material to match your exact specifications, so it will blend in with your natural teeth.

After the dental lab has sent your restoration to our office, you’ll return to our office to have it bonded to your tooth. It will look and feel natural, so no one will know it is there. It can last for many decades with the right aftercare, such as maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly.

How Much Do They Cost?

Man smiling after receiving an onlay.

There isn’t a set fee for inlays or onlays because the price is determined by your treatment plan. We’ll provide you with an estimate and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance. We’ll file the necessary claim forms, so you have one less thing to worry about. A member of our team will help you maximize your policy to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have a damaged tooth, we can save it with an inlay or onlay. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a high-quality, durable restoration.