Inlay - Onlay

Dental inlays and onlays are a medium treatment between dental crowns and fillings. They are indicated on teeth that has suffered a moderate level of decay.

More serious damage to the tooth structure will be resolved with a dental crown.



These types of dental restorations are bonded into place around the cusps.


Onlays are used to cover one cusp or more, whereas dental inlays tend to be used more as a filling between the cusps.


This area is vulnerable to damage due to chewing and so is often prone to fracturing.


The two main types of inlays and onlays used at Vivid Dental Care are made from resin or porcelain.


These types of restorations are often more appealing as porcelain and resin material can be colored to look natural.


This often makes our patients choose dental inlays and onlays to replace unattractive fillings that are made from metal.


How long do inlays and onlays last?

Dental inlays and onlays can potentially last for decades, however, it depends entirely on a number of factors. A key influence on how long they exist is: - the material that the inlay or onlay is composed of. - the actual teeth that the product is applied to - the material used to bond the restoration to the tooth