Inlays & Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

An Inlay and Onlay can be used for the treatment of tooth decay. Inlays and Onlays are the perfect treatment if the tooth decay has gone past the need for a filling, but hasn’t quite reached the severe stage of needing a dental crown. In short, an Inlay and Onlay bridges the gap between needing a filling to a dental crown.

If you are suffering from tooth decay, we recommend that your arrange a free consultation so our experienced dentists can examine the extent of your tooth decay, offering you the most suitable dental treatment to meet your needs.

Why would I need to have an Inlay and Onlay?

Inlays and Onlays are used to treat:

  • Slight fractures in teeth (severe cases may require dental crowns)
  • Moderate tooth decay (white fillings can be used for less serious cases)

If you suffer from tooth ache, this is one of the most common symptoms that indicates you may need a filling, inlay and onlay, or dental crown (for more serious cases)

Are Inlays and Onlays noticeable?

We can make the Inlays and Onlays to be completely discrete by matching them to your natural tooth colour

How long will Inlays and Onlays last?

Inlays and Onlays are long lasting but can be affected by:

  • Patients Oral hygiene
  • Forceful chewing

What are the differences between Inlays and Onlays?

  • An Inlay is an internal filling on the affected tooth
  • Onlay’s are a fabricated external filling that covers the tip (cusp) of the tooth

What is the Inlay and Onlay procedure?

The procedure will cause minimal discomfort to the patient. Our highly trained dentist will prepare the affected tooth/teeth with decay removal. We will then take an impression of that tooth, which will be sent to our dental lab for an Inlay or Onlay to be custom made.

Once the Inlay/Onlay has been custom made and returned, our dentist will attach them to your affected teeth.