Dental Inlay and Onlay Earlsfield

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If you live in or around Earlsfield, and you are looking for quality dental onlay or inlay treatments from an experienced dentist, look no further than Dove Dental & Wellbeing Spa! Our experienced staff of dentists, hygienists, and more will make sure that you get the best dental experience possible as soon as you walk through our doors. We use the latest technology to ensure that we can deliver the fastest and most effective treatments to all of our patients, no matter what their individual needs may be. Schedule your appointment today with us at Dove Dental & Wellbeing Spa!

What Is The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

An inlay is set into a space inside a tooth. If there is no damage to the cusp of the tooth, an inlay can be put on the tooth with ease. However, an overlay may be used if the damage is a little more extensive. An onlay replaces a cusp of the tooth. An onlay is a partial crown that covers the biting surface of the tooth. It may also replace one or more sides of the tooth. Our dentists may recommend an onlay as a treatment option instead of a crown. Decay will be removed from the tooth and a model will be taken and sent to our dental lab.

Often these two terms are used interchangeably. The materials used are either gold, composite, or porcelain.

There are several reasons why an onlay may be an option for repairing a tooth:

  • If your tooth is heavily broken down, has been root filled or has large existing fillings in place then an onlay can be a good option to help restore the tooth to its natural shape. It can also reduce the chance of future breakdown of the tooth.
  • If your teeth are worn, broken or have old discoloured fillings, onlays can be used to improve the shape and appearance of your teeth.
  • An onlay can be less intrusive than a crown, as less of your tooth has to be cut back and left stronger in the long term.

Onlays can be either made of tooth coloured ceramic material (such as e.max), tooth coloured composite resin (like a white filling) or of metal.

Your dentist will discuss material choices with you as well as the advantages of each in your particular case.

Onlay And Inlay Benefits:

Both inlays and onlays are more durable and since fewer teeth must be removed, less likely to cause discolouration.

The benefits of onlays and inlays include:

Strength And Durability

Both are made from stronger and more durable materials than fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays tend to last longer and provide stronger support to decayed teeth. Because both are composed of rigid materials, they are designed to endure a lifetime and withstand severe damage. They would not even need to be replaced.


Because inlays and onlays offer a customised fit, they are easier to clean and have fewer instances of bacteria entering the affected area following treatment.

Custom Fit

Because they expand and contract due to temperature changes, a common occurrence among dental fillings, Inlays and onlays are custom-made to the individual before being put in the mouth, thus providing a better fit than common fillings. When decay has grown in a tooth with a narrow space, such as an in-between tooth area, it can also be corrected with an inlay or onlay.

Natural Appearance

Inlays and onlays are sometimes used to repair old amalgam fillings that have become unsightly and ruin the appearance of your teeth. Porcelain inlays and onlays are shade-matched to your teeth so that they seamlessly blend in with your surrounding teeth and are practically undetectable. Furthermore, they are resistant to stains, which means that they would not have any sort of discolouration over time.


Inlays and onlays are more resistant to stains and tooth discolourations than the materials used in crowns and dental filling.

Our dentist will inspect your teeth and detect decay, if any, that would require inlays, onlays, or some other type of dental treatment.

Onlay And Inlay FAQ

How Long Should A Dental Onlay/Inlay Last?

These restorations have a typical lifespan of 20 to 30 years. You can prolong the life of these restorations and improve your oral health by following the proper guidelines.

Can An Onlay Be Removed?

Occasionally, when an onlay is removed, a portion of the underlying tooth will fracture off. Usually, this is one of the cusps or an area of enamel. In either case, the replacement of a faulty partial coverage is unlikely to pose a concern since re-treatment with full coverage is always a solution.

Does Getting An Onlay/Inlay Hurt?

Minor discomfort following placement of an onlay or inlay is normal but call us right away if you experience pain or swelling that develops after 24 hours.