Inlay / Onlay…


What are Inlay / Onlay?

  • Inlays / Onlays are types of indirect restorations.
  • As with fillings they are placed in a cavity (hole) to restore the function or aesthetic appearance of a tooth.
  • They are usually used when the cavity is larger and a direct filling is not suitable as it will not be strong enough or it will be difficult to create the correct shape required directly in the mouth.
  • Inlays and Onlays are similar differing only in that Onlays are used when the biting surface of the tooth needs to be covered such as in very large cavities or on patients with heavy bites.
  • They both require a laboratory technician to individually hand make them for you and so are a more expensive option to fillings.
  • They require 2 appointments to complete.
  • They can be made in metal or porcelain.

What are the benefits of Inlay / Onlay?

  • They are strong.
  • They are made bespoke for your tooth so a provide a very accurate result.
  • Porcelain options can provide excellent aesthetic results.
  • They can create a more realistic reconstruction of the tooth and biting surfaces than with a filling in complicated cases.