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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are restorations methods for teeth that have moderate damage or decay. They are more involved than a standard dental filling, but they are not as extensive as a full dental crown. Both inlays and onlays leave teeth strong and sturdy with their original structure and integrity remaining intact. The dental care experts at Axiom Dentistry take great pride in providing patients with inlays and onlays that offer outstanding functionality, while still looking natural.


Inlays are usually provided when a tooth is damaged in such a way that it cannot be properly fixed with a regular dental filling, but a full dental crown is not necessary. Inlays are applied to a tooth’s chewing surface, but do not cover any of the cusps of the tooth. Instead, an inlay will only occupy the space inside these points. Teeth that have been restored with inlays are typically stronger than teeth that have been repaired with fillings.


An onlay is different from an inlay in that an onlay will cover one or more of the cusps of a tooth. An onlay is usually bonded directly to these points. In some cases, an onlay will be used to cover the entire chewing surface of a tooth. Onlays are most commonly provided when a tooth cannot be repaired with a dental filling, but a complete dental crown is not needed. Teeth that have received onlays are strong and durable, and they should remain intact for life with proper care.

If you require a tooth restoration and you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, please visit one of our six locations in Zebulon, Knightdale, Clayton, Cary, Louisburg and Benson. You may call us at (919) 298-2288 to schedule an appointment.

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"Dr. Malek is amazingly patient with children. My daughter has special needs and we've always received treatment from a pediatric dentist. Well, no more! Dr. Malek was so compassionate and caring and made my daughter feel so comfortable. What a pleasant experience!"

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"I absolutely love this dental practice. The staff are all really friendly, helpful, and accommodating. It's easy to get in for an appointment as they have multiple providers. You can choose to see one particular dentist or choose to see whoever is available. I see whoever is available and everyone has been wonderful."

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"Best dentist ever. Best staff ever. I will never go to anyone else ever again. Dr. Malek and his crew go above and beyond for you and have consistently worked with me over the last 7 years to help me get the care I needed. I could not be more grateful and I know I will be a patient for life!"

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