Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are a type of restoration that repair moderately decayed rear teeth or damaged teeth that don’t need a crown. They are also used to replace old fillings.

Inlays resemble fillings in that they fit inside the cusp tips of the treated tooth, while onlays extend over the cusps to offer wider protection. Compared to metal fillings, they deliver the following benefits:

  • Prolonging the life of the treated tooth
  • Helping to strengthen teeth by up to 75%
  • Made from durable materials that can last up to 30 years
  • Reducing the need for additional dental treatment in the future

Inlays and onlays are custom-created for you by taking an impression of your affected tooth and using it as a blueprint for your new restoration. Porcelain is the most popular choice of material because it can be set up to match the colour of your own teeth, but gold and composite resin may also be used.

Once they are bonded in place, your new inlay or onlay may take some getting used to, but discomfort is typically minor and of short duration.

For more information on inlays and onlays, contact your closest Quality Dental Care practice today. We will have you smiling again in no time!

White Inlay

The broken or decayed tooth is prepared.
An Inlay is made and fitted to the tooth.
White or Gold inlays are available.

Onlays

The special shape of an onlay protects the tooth from damage …
… while retaining as much of the tooth as possible.