COVID-19 Update

Our practice is OPEN for Dental Emergencies Only. To schedule a consultation, please contact our team. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and we will closely follow the advice of local health care leaders, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).


You can participate in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands for 20 seconds or more, avoiding touching your face, and staying home if you feel sick. We are confident that we will get through this in good health and high spirits, and we look forward to seeing our patients again in the near future.

To stay in touch with our team, send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Repair Minor Damage with Custom Inlays and Onlays Made Here in Our Office

If a tooth has moderate damage, a dental filling may not be able to adequately restore it, while reshaping the tooth and placing a dental crown would be unnecessary. In these situations, an inlay or onlay can offer an effective and conservative solution. Dr. Daniel Whiteman is committed to using advanced technology to provide patients with the best-possible care, which is why he offers custom inlays and onlays made here at our Brookline, MA, practice. Contact Whiteman Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment and learn more about inlays and onlays.

An onlay laying beside a mold

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are single-tooth restorations that are designed to renew the appearance and strength of weakened teeth. These versatile restorations can be used to repair minor damage, replace a large dental filling that has failed, or reinforce a tooth after the removal of a large amount of decay.

An inlay repairs the biting surface of a tooth, which is between the elevated cusps. Conversely, an onlay is more extensive and extends over one or more cusps and down the sides of a tooth. Each of these restorations is less invasive than a dental crown, which covers the entire visible surfaces of a tooth. Inlays and onlays require slightly more tooth preparation than that of a filling, but dramatically less than what is required for a crown.

In order to make this process more convenient, Dr. Whiteman uses advanced technology to create beautiful inlays and onlays here at our practice.

Creating Your Inlay or Onlay

At many other practices, inlays and onlays are planned using traditional dental impressions. The impressions are then sent to an off-site lab, and it can take several weeks for the inlay or onlay to be completed. In order to make this process more convenient, Dr. Whiteman uses advanced technology to create beautiful inlays and onlays here at our practice. When you arrive for your inlay or onlay appointment, we will first clean your tooth and treat any decay before carefully removing a small amount of enamel to create room for your restoration. Dr. Whiteman will work very conservatively to preserve as much of your tooth's structure as possible.

Once your tooth has been properly prepared, we will use an innovative digital scanner to take impressions of it. The images will then be uploaded to our in-office CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine, which is a computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) device that functions very much like a 3-D printer. After selecting a color of material based on the shade of your smile, the CEREC® machine will craft your inlay or onlay from a solid block of ceramic. Once the inlay or onlay is ready, we will ensure a proper fit and appearance before bonding it securely in place. Thanks to this innovative approach, an entire inlay or onlay procedure can often be completed during a single visit.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Dr. Whiteman and his friendly staff are here to provide the patient-oriented care you deserve. To learn more about the benefits of using CEREC® technology to craft your inlay or onlay, get in touch with a member of our team today.

Dr, Whiteman

Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman

Dr. Whiteman is dedicated to providing exceptional care at his Brookline, MA, practice: 

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • Over 20 years in practice 
  • Uses state-of-the-art technology 
  • ADA-compliant office 
  • Comprehensive cosmetic and restorative treatments
  • Patient-oriented approach

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (617) 731-4746.

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