What is are inlays and onlays?

An inlay/onlay is best described to be somewhere between a filling and a crown. A piece of porcelain or metal-alloy is tailor-made to fit/fill a tooth.

  • An inlay fills the space in between the edges, at the center of the tooth’s surface.
  • An Onlay works like an inlay but covers one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth.

Why would I need an inlay or onlay?

An inlay/onlay is used when a tooth is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to remove a lot of tooth for a crown. They are very strong and are made to fit each individual person.

How is are inlays and onlays prepared?

To prepare for a inlay/onlay, the dentist will anesthetise then drill away the decay/ tooth (or old filling to be replaced) to create a crevice. Impressions of your teeth will be taken, to assess fit, bite and aesthetics so the inlay/onlay is tailored to you.  If you are opting for an aesthetic inlay/onlay (porcelain or ceramic), the shade-match of your teeth will be taken for the inlay/onlay to look natural. While your permanent inlay/ onlay is being made in the laboratory, you will be fitted with a temporary one. A second appointment will be booked to fit your new inlay/ onlay.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

There is no specific time scale for inlays/onlays. They are usually given a 10 year life span (approx.), but we do provide a years guarantee on all of our treatments (and will repair them free of charge – depending on the situation).

From £498 – £798 (depending on size and material used)