What Are the Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?

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Experience the Advantages of Inlay & Onlay Treatment

At Pinnacle Dental, our experienced team, led by Dr. Frank Kuzmin, provides exceptional dental care utilizing the latest techniques and technology. Whether you need inlays, onlays, or any other restorative or cosmetic dental treatment, you can trust our practice to deliver quality results with a patient-focused approach.

Dr. Kuzmin and our skilled staff prioritize using innovative dental solutions like inlays and onlays to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible while restoring strength, appearance, and proper function. With our individualized care and attention to detail, you can achieve outstanding results tailored to your unique needs.

Call Pinnacle Dental today at (860) 470-3660 to learn more about how inlays and onlays can transform your smile. Our Farmington, CT, dental practice welcomes patients from throughout the local area.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair moderately decayed or damaged teeth. An inlay is a solid piece of material (such as porcelain, composite resin, or gold) that fits inside the cusps (bumps) of a tooth. An onlay is similar but covers a larger area, extending over one or more cusps. Both inlays and onlays are more substantial than traditional fillings but less invasive than crowns, making them a popular middle-ground option.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Preserving Natural Tooth Structure

One of the biggest advantages of inlays and onlays is that they allow you to preserve more of your natural tooth structure compared to crowns. With a dental crown, a significant amount of the existing tooth has to be filed down to make room. But with inlays and onlays, only the decayed or damaged areas need to be removed, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact. This conservative approach is beneficial for the long-term health and stability of the tooth.

Strength and Durability

The materials used for inlays and onlays, such as high-quality porcelain or reinforced composite resin, are incredibly strong and durable. They are highly resistant to wear, fractures, and future decay. When properly cared for, inlays and onlays can last for 10 to 30 years, providing exceptional longevity compared to other restorative options.

Aesthetic Appeal

While functionality is crucial, many patients also want dental restorations that look natural and blend seamlessly with their existing teeth. Inlays and onlays excel in this area. They can be customized to closely match the color, texture, and shading of your surrounding teeth for beautiful, lifelike results that enhance your smile’s appearance.

Improved Functionality

Beyond just looking great, inlays and onlays help restore the full functionality of a damaged tooth. By replacing missing tooth structures, they allow you to properly chew and bite down again without discomfort. They also help prevent further cracks, decay, or other damage to the remaining tooth by sealing it off and redistributing biting forces evenly.


Inlays and onlays offer remarkable versatility in terms of the types of teeth and dental issues they can address. They can be used to treat everything from cavities and cracks to worn-down cusps on molars and other chewing surfaces. Their customizable size also makes them suitable for small or large restorations on teeth of varying dimensions.

Why Choose Pinnacle Dental for Your Inlays and Onlays?

At Pinnacle Dental, we take pride in providing our patients with the highest quality dental care using the latest technology and techniques. When it comes to inlays and onlays, you can feel confident putting your smile in our experienced hands for several key reasons:

  • Our dentists have extensive training in inlay/onlay procedures for precise, comfortable treatment.
  • Our Farmington dental office has state-of-the-art digital imaging and in-office milling for optimal fit and aesthetics.
  • We take the time to understand your needs, explain all options, and answer your questions so you can make a confident decision about your treatment.
  • Dr. Kuzmin and his dental team continue to educate themselves through continuing education to utilize the latest dental techniques and materials.
  • We have an artistic eye for shaping natural-looking, seamlessly blended restorations.

Our skilled team takes pride in creating beautiful, long-lasting smiles. Choose the expertise of Pinnacle Dental for your inlay and onlay treatment. Schedule your consultation today.

Restore Dental Function and Aesthetics – Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re looking for an exceptional dental team that can provide high-quality inlay and onlay treatment, look no further than Pinnacle Dental. Our experienced dentists pair advanced techniques and technologies with an artistic approach to crafting beautiful, durable restorations. Take the first step towards renewing your smile’s strength and appearance. Contact us today at (860) 470-3660 to schedule your consultation.