Are you looking to enhance your smile and maintain optimal oral health? Inlays and onlays may just be the solution you need. At Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, our experienced dentists, Dr. Stanley M. Levenson and Dr. Jessy Ajram, are here to shed light on these remarkable dental treatments. In this informative guide, we will explore everything you need to know about inlays and onlays, their benefits, and how they can transform your dental experience. Let's dive in!

Understanding Inlays and Onlays: What Are They?

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that serve as a middle ground between fillings and crowns. They are custom-made to fit precisely into cavities or onto the surface of damaged teeth, providing a strong and long-lasting solution.

  • Inlays: These are designed to fill cavities within the cusps (pointed chewing surfaces) of a tooth. Inlays are a conservative option for addressing moderate to severe tooth decay or damage.
  • Onlays: Also known as partial crowns, onlays are used to restore larger areas of a tooth's surface. They extend over one or more cusps and are an excellent choice for more extensive damage.

The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Now that we understand what inlays and onlays are, let's explore their advantages:

  • Preservation of Healthy Tooth Structure: Inlays and onlays require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to traditional crowns. This means more of your natural tooth can be preserved.
  • Custom-Made Precision: At Levenson Smile, our inlays and onlays are tailor-made for your unique dental needs. This ensures a perfect fit and exceptional aesthetics.
  • Strength and Durability: Inlays and onlays are crafted from high-quality materials like porcelain or composite resin. This results in a restoration that is both strong and long-lasting, with minimal risk of chipping or cracking.
  • Stain Resistance: The materials used in these restorations are resistant to staining, ensuring your smile remains vibrant and natural-looking.
  • Minimized Tooth Sensitivity: Inlays and onlays provide an excellent seal against bacteria and irritants, reducing the likelihood of tooth sensitivity.

The Procedure: What to Expect

Now, let's walk through what you can expect during your inlay or onlay procedure at Levenson Smile:

  • Initial Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with Dr. Levenson or Dr. Ajram. They will assess your oral health and determine if inlays or onlays are the right choice for you.
  • Preparation: If you decide to proceed, the next step involves preparing the affected tooth. This may include removing any decay or damaged areas.
  • Impression: An impression of your tooth is taken, ensuring the inlay or onlay will fit perfectly.
  • Temporary Restoration: While your custom restoration is being crafted, a temporary filling will protect your tooth.
  • Fitting: When your inlay or onlay is ready, it will be precisely fitted and bonded to your tooth.
  • Final Polishing: The restoration is polished to ensure a seamless blend with your natural teeth, both in appearance and function.
  • Completion: With the inlay or onlay in place, you'll leave our Worcester office with a beautifully restored smile.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Taking care of your inlays and onlays is essential to ensure their longevity. Here are some tips:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Visit Levenson Smile for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • Avoid chewing hard objects or using your teeth to open packages.
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.

Cost Considerations

The cost of inlays and onlays can vary depending on factors such as the material used, the complexity of the procedure, and your dental insurance coverage. During your consultation, our team will provide you with a detailed estimate and discuss financing options if needed.

Enhancing Your Smile at Levenson Smile

Inlays and onlays are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing solutions for restoring your smile. At Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, Dr. Stanley M. Levenson and Dr. Jessy Ajram are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health and a radiant smile.

If you're considering inlays or onlays or have any questions about these treatments, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 508-500-5999. Our experienced team is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring you receive the highest quality dental care.


Inlays and Onlays are versatile dental restorations that offer numerous benefits, including preserving healthy tooth structure and providing long-lasting results. With the expertise of Dr. Levenson and Dr. Ajram at Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, you can trust that your smile is in capable hands. Invest in your dental health and discover the transformative power of inlays and onlays today!