Inlays and Onlays

Unlock Your Best Smile with Inlays and Onlays in Baltimore, MD

Welcome to Byron C. Desbordes DDS, your trusted dental practice in the heart of Baltimore, serving Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, Locust Point, and Mount Vernon. Are you looking for a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for a damaged or decaying tooth? Inlays and onlays could be the answer. These custom-made restorations can rejuvenate your smile, offering significant benefits such as longevity and a natural appearance.

Why Use Inlays and Onlays?

You may be wondering, "Why should I opt for inlays and onlays?" Unlike traditional fillings or crowns, inlays and onlays provide a 'just-right' solution for teeth that don't require full crowning but need more support than a filling can offer. They are often recommended for teeth that have suffered from moderate decay or fracture. Plus, inlays and onlays can replace old, worn-out fillings, giving your teeth a fresh start.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Byron C. Desbordes, an examination and X-rays will help determine if inlays or onlays are the right restoration option for you. Typically, they're a great solution if you desire a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing restoration. Think of them as mini-crowns: they look and last just like the real thing. Inlays fit snugly into the grooves between the cusps of your teeth, while onlays cover one or more cusps.

What's the Step-by-Step Inlay and Onlay Procedure?

First, we'll remove any decay or old filling material and prepare your tooth for the restoration. Next, impressions of your tooth are taken to create a custom-fit inlay or onlay made of high-quality porcelain. You'll come back for a second appointment where the restoration will be securely placed. Finally, Dr. Desbordes will polish your new inlay or onlay to perfection, leaving you with a revitalized, stunning smile.

What Are Some Aftercare Tips for Inlays and Onlays?

To maximize the lifespan of your inlay or onlay, proper dental hygiene is key. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will ensure your restorations and surrounding teeth remain in top condition. Avoid hard and sticky foods that could dislodge or damage the restoration. With good care, you can expect your inlay or onlay to last many years, even decades!

The Pros and Cons of Inlays and Onlays


  • Long-lasting durability
  • Natural appearance
  • Preserves more of your original tooth than a crown
  • High resistance to staining


  • Slightly higher cost compared to traditional fillings
  • Two visits are generally required for the complete procedure

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you're in Baltimore or surrounding locations like Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, or Fells Point, and wish to explore the advantages of inlays and onlays further, we're here to help. Call our office today at (410) 277-0138 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron C. Desbordes and get all your questions answered.

Elevate your smile and dental health with Byron C. Desbordes DDS—your home for all your dental needs, from inlays and onlays to crowns, bridges, and even dentures. Your best smile is just a phone call away!

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