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Inlays and Onlays

Discomfort while eating, changes in enamel color, and foul breath — if these sound familiar, you may have a cavity.

Our experienced team can treat your tooth decay in a variety of ways, including with inlays and onlays.

Your smile is in good hands with the dentists at Premier Dental & Implant Center. Visit us in Orland Park, IL, for care.

The Purpose of Inlays and Onlays Protecting a Tooth After a Cavity

Almost all patients know what a filling is, and most know what a dental crown does, but far fewer know about inlays and onlays. These treatments all target the same concern: cavities. Inlays and onlays treat specific sections of a tooth, allowing our dentists to fortify the tooth structure without reshaping the entire tooth (a step necessary for crowns).

What Information Do I Need to Know About Inlays and Onlays?

Though our Orland Park dentists will cover everything you need to know during your visit, here are a few of the main points:

Dental Materials

Both inlays and onlays use the same kinds of natural-looking materials, such as composite resin or porcelain. This allows them to easily blend in with your teeth.

Area of Focus

The size of your tooth's cavity will affect your choice of treatment. Inlays and onlays are placed when you need more extensive dental coverage than a filling can provide, but less coverage than a crown.

Tooth Preservation

Our goal is to preserve as much of your tooth structure as we can. Using dental inlays and onlays means very little enamel shaving, or even none at all, making them a great alternative to more invasive dental crowns.

Dentistry Purpose

Inlays protect the area inside a tooth's cusps; onlays also cover the cusps. They're restorative procedures, meant to address decay. If your concerns are purely aesthetic, consider cosmetic treatments like veneers.

Understanding Treatment Options Offered at Premier Dental & Implant Center

The biggest distinction between inlays and onlays is their coverage area, which can be within your tooth's cusps (or points), or beyond them.
Dental inlay


For Inside Tooth Points

Dental onlay


For Inside and Over Tooth Points

We Offer Crowns

To Treat Widespread Damage and More

​If you need a restoration to cover a larger span, consider crowns. Like dental inlays and onlays, they're made from high-quality dental materials such as porcelain. They're excellent for protecting your tooth after decay, and can help with cracks and breakage, too. You can explore all your options during a comprehensive consultation at our Orland Park office.

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Orland Park Patients Know They Can Count on Our Dentistry Practice


Katie Kwiatkowski

Orland Park, IL


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It took me a long time to find a dentist I’m comfortable with and I trust. Dr. Lagesse is amazing…knowledgeable, friendly, and compassionate. The rest of the staff is wonderful. I cannot recommend this practice enough!

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Rabab Magid

Orland Park, IL


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The best experience ever. I hated dentists all of my life. However, this experience was a positive experience. I'm definitely going to revisit their office and make them my official dentist. Im blessed.

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Premier Dental & Implant Center

Premier Dental & Implant Center

At Premier Dental & Implant Center, we provide high-quality dental care for your entire family. Periodontist and implant specialist Yamen Akhras, DDS, MS and our team offer a full range of dental services. We are also proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Associations
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (708) 873-9709 today.

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