Inlays & Onlays

Sunrise Dental of SeaTac Inlays & Onlays


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Inlays and onlays require the removal of only decayed areas of the tooth, leaving the healthy tooth structure intact. This can help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future and allows us to restore the natural tooth, rather than having to resort to extraction and replacement.

Inlays and onlays are an excellent way to help solve a problem that could be caused by

  • Any level of decay on a portion of any tooth
  • Need for a long-term, durable restoration
  • Desire to limit the amount of healthy tooth structure removed
  • Need to strengthen and reinforce a tooth

Excellent way to help solve a problem

Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression is made of the prepared surface. This impression is used to create a model of the tooth that is then sent to our laboratory to create a porcelain (tooth colored) restoration called an inlay or onlay.
The inlay or onlay is then cemented into the prepared surface of the tooth. An inlay covers only one to three surfaces of the tooth and is used to restore a small amount of tooth An onlay actually covers one or more cusps (the chewing surface of the tooth).
Porcelain offers a fine alternative to other tooth restoration materials. Made to perfectly match the shade and shape of your teeth, it’s durable, strong, and virtually undetectable. Inlays and onlays are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. This protects the tooth from fracturing and actually strengthens the tooth.
In addition, inlays and onlays fit almost perfectly into the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the restoration and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the restoration.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you require dental crown or bridge treatments, please contact Sunrise Dental of SeaTac for a Dentist consultation.
Our caring and gentle Dentists will listen to your concerns, wishes and answer any questions.

Our dental team will examine your teeth and jaw bone, which may include taking x-rays to help plan a customized approach for your dental treatment by revealing any decay or dental caries underneath any leaking old fillings or restorations or fractures or split in your tooth to determine the necessity of a dental crown/bridge.

This will help to determine the complexity of your case.


​Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. If a tooth is lost through an accident, or is too badly decayed to save with a crown, a bridge may be the treatment of choice.

You should also ask your dentist or prosthodontist about implants, which are another way of replacing missing teeth.

Crown and bridges are often made of porcelain and metal alloy. Porcelain is strong and can be made to match the color of the natural teeth. It is resistant to staining and can be cleaned if it becomes stained.

Metal alloy is used for its strength, hardness and durability. It is especially useful for molars, which must withstand the forces of grinding and crushing. Metal alloy and porcelain are well tolerated by the gum and cheek. An allergic reaction to metal alloy or porcelain is rare.

Teeth have many functions apart from chewing and biting, so missing teeth should be replaced for the following reasons:

  • To improve appearance and speech
  • To prevent stresses causing damage to other teeth
  • To prevent the teeth near the gap from shifting
  • To maintain the natural bite
  • To improve chewing ability

All general practitioner dentists are qualified to fit crowns and bridges. A dentist with specialist training in crown and bridge work is called prosthodontist.

Based on your dental and medical history, X-ray examinations of your teeth and jaws, and an oral examination, your dentist or prosthodontist will recommend the treatment which is best for you. You will require at least two appointments for preparation and fitting of a crown or bridge. Sometimes a tooth will need a root canal filling, and perhaps a post or foundation, before crown or bridge treatment.

The Sunrise Dental of SeaTac Process.

Three steps to your straighter smile

1- Come in for a FREE consultation. If you’re ready, get started with digital impressions that day!
2- Follow your treatment plan for 4-36 months with check-ups every 6-8 weeks
3- Celebrate and enjoy that fabulous, straight smile for life!

Sunrise Dental of SeaTac accepts all major health insurances, please call: 206-432-4706.

Your complimentary Invisalign consultation includes smile photography, 3D digital scans and a treatment outcome simulations, so you can see what your beautiful smile will look like before we even begin!

We want everyone to be able to benefit from our premium treatments and luxurious dental spa experience. So we offer various payment plan options to allow you to get on your way to your wonderfully straight new smile today.

Sunrise Dental offers a wide range of services including:
* General dentistry
* Periodontics (implant & gum treatment)
* Endodontics (root canals)
* Snoring/sleep apnea treatment
* Pedodontics (children’s dentistry)
* Cosmetic dentistry
* Oral Surgery and more

Sunrise Dental offers benefits such as:

* Lifetime Free teeth whitening
* All American-made products (implants & crowns)
* Unionized offices
* Evening & weekend appointments
* and more!