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Inlays and Onlays Offer a Conservative Restorative Solution

When left untreated, tooth decay can present a long-term danger to your oral health. We can typically restore a tooth with a basic dental filling after removing a small amount of decay.

However, in cases of more extensive decay, a filling may not be adequate, while a dental crown would be excessive. Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel offer inlays and onlays at their ​practice in Queens as an effective solution in these situations.

Inlays and onlays combine the durability of crowns with the affordability of fillings to restore the beauty and strength of a patient’s smile. Contact us today to learn more about inlays and onlays.

Inlays vs. Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are restorative dentistry treatments used to repair moderate damage to the back teeth after treatment for decay. Inlays cover the chewing surfaces of a tooth, while onlays extend beyond the pointed cusps and down the sides of a tooth.

What to Expect During Your Procedure

Placing an inlay or onlay typically requires two appointments. During the first visit, your dentist will administer local anesthetic to keep you comfortable before removing any areas of decay from the damaged tooth.

Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will take an impression of your bite, which will be used to create your restoration at our in-house laboratory.

If necessary, you may receive a temporary restoration to protect the tooth from further damage while the permanent one is being created.
Our inlays and onlays are created using tooth-colored materials in order to blend flawlessly with surrounding teeth.

During your second appointment, your dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare the tooth. Using a strong, glue-like material called dental resin, he or she will then bond the permanent restoration in place. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and functional fit, and you will be able to return to your normal daily routine without any downtime for recovery.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays offer a number of advantages, including:

Preservation of tooth structure

Although crowns can repair greater damage, dentists typically need to remove a considerable amount of enamel to fit the cap-like restoration. Inlays and onlays allow for minimal removal of a tooth's structure.

Aesthetic appeal

Our inlays and onlays are created using tooth-colored materials in order to blend flawlessly with surrounding teeth.


Damage or decay to a tooth, particularly the molars, can leave your bite uneven and weakened. Inlays and onlays can restore functionality by evening out the bite surfaces of your teeth.

A customized fit

Because your inlay or onlay is tailored to your precise needs, it will fit comfortably and securely.

Added durability

Inlays and onlays can last for up to ten years with attentive dental care.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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john marsh
May 20, 2024
Excellent care and very friendly staff! Excellent dentist!!
Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.

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