Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are often referred to as indirect fillings. This versatile cosmetic dental service is used to restore a tooth in both appearance and functionality while preventing further tooth decay.

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Why Choose Soundview Family Dental for Inlays and Onlays

At Soundview Family Dental, we are here to help address all the concerns you may have with your smile. Every patient is unique and presents different challenges in obtaining a smile they are thrilled with. Our office is proud to offer inlays and onlays as part of our cosmetic dental procedures to help you get the results you desire.

Our Edmonds office is committed to giving the best patient care possible. We work to exceed your expectations on any service we perform. One of our largest goals is making sure you are happy with the outcome of your treatment. Our dentists, Dr. Kitts, and Dr. Hewett will take the time to examine and discuss your concerns so that we may achieve optimal results.

We are continually updating our office to include the latest technology and procedures so that our patients have access to minimally invasive procedures, and are comfortable throughout their entire visit. If you are ready to change your smile, need restorations or would just like to enhance your already beautiful smile, we are here to help. Schedule your consultation today by giving us a call at (425) 563-6360 or by clicking here.

Inlays and Onlays in Edmonds, WA

Are Inlays and Onlays Right For You?

Dental Inlay - Multiple Teeth In Gums

A consultation with our dentist is the best way to find out if inlays or onlays are right for your unique situation. During a consultation, we will do an examination and take x-rays to determine the best course of treatment.

Inlays and onlays are designed to fill holes in teeth. Cavities can happen to anyone, at any age, and multiple surface cavities can be present. With inlays and onlays we can fill these crevices and restore the appearance of your tooth while preventing further damage from occurring.

Unlike fillings that are molded in the office, inlays and onlays are created in a lab. They are then fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. An inlay is used for the center of the tooth, whereas an onlay will cover the cusp of the tooth.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays


Matching tooth color; won’t stain overtime.

Ideal for preventing further tooth decay.
Is a tooth structure safeguard to protect teeth.
Easy to maintain and clean.
Can be used in tight spaces where traditional fillings can’t.
Extremely strong and durable.

Inlays and onlays are considered a conservative approach and have many great benefits versus crowns. There are different materials available for inlays and onlays, much as there are for crowns. Some of the material types include gold, silver, porcelain, or resin material. The choice of material can be made to suit the needs of the patient for placement and for their budget.

What to Expect from Inlays and Onlays

Unlike fillings that can be done on the same day, this type of restoration will take two office visits to complete. During the first visit to our office, the repair will be sized, and a temporary can be used.

We will go over the placement and what type of material is best. We recommend that for front teeth, resin or porcelain be used because it has a more natural appearance.

For the back molars, metals are the best solution because they are stronger and can withstand the bite force.

Dental Onlay - Multiple Teeth In Gums

Restorations with Inlays and Onlays Can Preserve Teeth

Having a decaying tooth used to mean that the inevitable extraction was in the future. Thanks to the advancements in the dental field there are several ways to prevent decay from spreading, thus saving the tooth from having to be pulled.

Cavities in the tooth can be sometimes painful, and when located in the front, be a source of discontent. While this approach to solving cavities is more involved than traditional fillings, they do offer greater protection to your teeth.

A Comfortable Approach to Dental Restorations

Does visiting the dentist make you nervous? For many, dental phobia is a real concern. This can prevent many from getting the services they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Inlays and onlays are a relatively relaxing & comfortable procedure but offer tremendous benefits to keep your smile looking its best, while preserving the health of the tooth.

Our Guarantee

We know the choice in a dentist is a significant decision. You are entrusting a person with one of your most visual assets, your smile. We take great care to address all your dental concerns and make you comfortable with any treatment needed. With inlays and onlays we will craft the comprehensive restoration to fit your specific situation.


What are inlays and onlays?
Known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are used to fill spaces in the teeth, typically from a cavity. They are considered the best treatment option for filling spaces because they are stronger, longer lasting and an excellent choice for dental repairs. Inlays and onlays are considered an alternative to crowns in some situations.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The cost of both the inlay and onlay is roughly the same. You can expect to pay around $650-$1000 per tooth. The average price being $900 per tooth. The more extensive the restoration, the higher the cost for the procedure. Also, teeth located in the back such as the molars may cost more, because of difficulty in addition to size.
What is the difference between inlays & onlays?

The difference between an inlay and onlay is where they are positioned. Typically an inlay will only fill the area between the cusp much like a filling. An onlay will cover the cusp of the tooth. An onlay will be created to fit the size and shape of the space needs covered.

How long do inlays and onlays last?
The good news about inlays and onlays are their durability and lifespan. Patients can expect to get 20 to 30 years out of theirs and have a low rate of needing to be replaced before then. The quality of composite material will dictate how long they last; however, the better quality of resin used, the longer you can expect the inlay or onlay to last.

Restore The Appearance of Your Smile With Inlays and Onlays Today

We Look Forward to Hearing from You!

Protecting your teeth is critical. With restorations including inlays and onlays, you can preserve your natural tooth for many years to come.

If you are curious if this service is right for you, we would love to help you on the journey to a beautiful and healthy smile you deserve.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team. Give us a call at (425) 563-6360, or make an appointment online using our ‘request an appointment’ feature.

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