What are Inlays/Onlays?

Inlays/onlays are ceramic fillings used to restore cavities that are too large for composite fillings but can be managed without installing crowns. Inlays/onlays are aesthetically and functionally superior to composite fillings. Unlike crowns, they require less preparation of the tooth and therefore keep more of the natural tooth structure intact. These restorations are primarily used for the back teeth. 

The main difference between inlay/onlays is in the size of tooth damage and the area that is being restored as shown in the illustration below.

Though inlays/onlays are more expensive than composite fillings, the benefits they offer in terms of longevity and maintenance of dental health compensate for the extra cost.


Benefits of Inlays/Onlays

  • Far superior to any type of filling, inlays/onlays protect teeth from direct chewing load and wear, in addition to prevent secondary caries (decay) formation. 
  • As inlays/onlay are custom made, they offer a much better fit than other fillings. They can also be used for tight spaces, that is, for cavities between the teeth.
  • As there is minimal preparation of the tooth, enamel is retained offering better contouring at the gum line. This, in turn, is useful in keeping soft tissues healthy. 


  • Clinical examination, evaluation of the X-Ray and consultation.
  • Administration of local anaesthetic.
  • Preparation of the tooth.
  • Taking an impression of your tooth by means of an intra-oral camera or conventional mould filled with dental paste which you will be asked to bite into. The impression will be then sent to our on-site dental laboratory where your inlays/onlays will be fabricated. 
  • Placement of a temporary restoration.
  • In the next appointment, fitting and bonding of the inlay/onlay.
  • Adjustments for proper fit if needed so that the bite is comfortable.



Zirconium Inlays/Onlays


Glass Ceramic Inlays/Onlays



1 week

1 or 2 appointments


My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
  • Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
  • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!



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