When we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, we take a conservative approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials allow us to rebuild teeth to full function while maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Sometimes teeth suffer damage because of normal function over time, cavities, heavy bite forces, and trauma. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be perfectly restored with an onlay. A crown requires a little more tooth preparation, but onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area.

Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative choice fits your treatment plan, our doctors may suggest an onlay.

‘‘As always I am so pleased with the staff and services Dr. Burnett has provided my family. Ms. Minter did an exceptional job examining and cleaning my 32 tightly spaced teeth. I actually look forward to my return visits.’’
Sparky Lane


When you care for your teeth and smile, your dental crowns and onlays can last between five and fifteen years. In some cases, dental restorations can last even longer.
Minimal tooth structure removed: Inlays and onlays require the minimal removal of a tooth’s surface, helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas. Typically, two visits are required for the placements of inlays and onlays.
Onlays usually last between 10 to 15 years. Similar to many other dental restorations, onlays do not last a lifetime and may eventually need to be replaced. However, they are very durable and long-lasting, providing you with a beautiful smile.
Although crowns are slightly stronger, an onlay is still as strong as a natural tooth. As long as the onlay is bonded to the tooth appropriately, it can still last as long as a crown.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.