Inlays and Onlays

What are inlays and onlays?


Inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings) can be used to restore areas of decay or damage that are too extensive to be treated with a normal filling and can provide a less invasive, more affordable alternative to a crown. A long-lasting restorative solution, they are usually placed in teeth at the back of the mouth or can be used to repair large areas on the front teeth.

Unlike a filling, inlays and onlays are created outside the mouth. An inlay is cemented within the cavity and an onlay covers more of the tooth for when the repair needs to include one or more cusps (the points of the tooth), or fully cover the biting surface.

What are inlays and onlays made from?

We offer a choice of materials. The most durable option is gold, a traditional material that’s been used in dentistry for centuries. For a more aesthetic choice, we can use porcelain or composite resin.

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Benefits of inlays and onlays


  • Tailored to fit using accurate 3D scans that we take of your tooth in our practice
  • More of the healthy tooth is preserved
  • Easier to keep clean
  • Protect and strengthen the tooth
  • More durable and stable than fillings

What does the treatment involve?


  • Any areas of decay or old fillings are removed and the tooth is cleaned.
  • An impression is taken and this is used by a dental laboratory to create the inlay or onlay so it will exactly match the area to be filled.
  • A temporary restoration is fitted so the prepared cavity can be protected while the inlay or onlay is being made.
  • When ready, the inlay or onlay is checked for fit and comfort, and then fixed permanently in place with a strong dental adhesive.

Looking after your restoration


Inlays and onlays are very stable restorations that fit a damaged tooth perfectly to provide superior protection and the ability to withstand stronger chewing forces. The affected tooth requires minimal preparation and, as the inlay or onlay is tailored to fit, they can be easier to keep clean than other restorations. When properly maintained, with effective cleaning and regular check-ups, inlays and onlays can last for years.

If you are looking for a trusted, friendly and experienced Crawley dentist, contact a member of our team today.

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Broadway Dental Boutique,
40 The Broadway, Crawley,
West Sussex, RH10 1HG.

To arrange an appointment, please give us a call on 01293 428342.

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