Cosmetic Dentistry

inlays & onlays


What are Inlays and Onlays and what are their advantages?

Inlays and Onlays are an excellent way to help solve problems caused by moderate decay, tooth facture or larger cavities where extra strength is needed.

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, inlays and onlays are better alternatives to simple fillings and crowns. They are bonded directly into or onto the tooth with special resin. As a result, they can increase the strength of the tooth by up to 75% and last longer than a simple filling and crown.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. At Care we recommend porcelain as it has become increasingly popular due to its strength and colour and the ability to increase the aesthetic appearance.

An inlay is similar to a filling, is used to restore a small amount of the internal or middle parts of the tooth.


An onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps (the chewing surface of the tooth).

Your Visits

Two appointments are required to complete this procedure.

First Visit

1. The tooth is prepared by removing the old filling, or decayed area of the tooth.

2. An impression is taken to ensure proper fit and bite, then sent to the dental laboratory for processing according to specifications set by Dr. Tony.

3. A temporary sealant is placed on your tooth to prevent food from being trapped.

Next Visit

1. The temporary sealant is removed.

Dr. Tony will then ensure that the inlay or onlay fits properly in the tooth and does not interfere with your bite. Once correctly fitted, it is then bonded to the tooth with a strong bonding resin, and then polished.

Long Lasting Results

Because inlays and onlays are bonded directly to the tooth with special resin, they can increase the strength of the tooth by up to 75%. With the proper oral hygiene and regular visits to Care, the restoration will last longer than a filling.

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