Restorative dentistry

Inlays and Onlays
In Blackheath

Inlays and onlays are commonly used to restore teeth where a conventional filling wouldn’t be strong enough. These are also less extensive than a crown or veneer. An inlay or onlay is a small piece of porcelain that is created to fit the gap in your tooth. This helps to protect the tooth structure from further damage and restores your bite. During your consultation, we will explore whether a filling, inlay, onlay or crown would be more suitable.

Permanent restoration

Protect your natural teeth

Restore your bite

What are inlays and onlays?

An inlay is a small piece of porcelain that is designed to fit in a gap in your tooth and restore the shape of the biting surface. This is commonly used following an extensive cavity repair when a large portion of the tooth has been removed. An onlay fits the outer surface of the tooth and is commonly used to repair large chips, or when a cavity has led to the outer surface of the tooth being removed. Both will help to restore your bite and protect your tooth from damage and decay.

Are you a suitable candidate?

You could be a suitable candidate for inlays or onlays if you have an extensive cavity or chip that cannot be restored with a simple filling. This restorative treatment is also commonly used when the repair does not require something as extensive as a crown. During your consultation, we will explore the options available to you, including the materials that may be used. A porcelain inlay or onlay is the most common choice.

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Your dental inlay or onlay treatment journey

Wondering if this treatment is right for you? This is what you can expect from a typical treatment journey.


Step one

Free Consultation

Book your free consultation to learn if you are a candidate for inlays or onlays and to understand how this treatment could help restore your teeth.


Step two

Digital Impressions

We prepare the surrounding teeth and take impressions to create your inlay or onlay. These are sent to a lab to create a perfectly fitting restoration.


Step three

Placing the Inlay or Onlay

Once the porcelain restoration is ready, you will return to the practice and we will complete the restoration. The inlay or onlay is permanently bonded to the tooth.


Step four

Smile With Confidence

With the restoration complete, you can smile with confidence again. The inlay or onlay will blend in with the surrounding teeth structure.

You should avoid chewing hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours after the onlay is placed. After this, you can resume your normal diet.

Local anaesthesia will be used to numb the area around the tooth before the onlay is placed, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort and sensitivity after the inlay or onlay is placed, but this should disappear within a few days.

The time required to place a dental onlay varies, depending on the size and location of the onlay. In general, it takes one to two hours to place an onlay.

A dental onlay can last for many years, but it is important to take care of your teeth and gums to ensure that the onlay lasts as long as possible. Good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily, will help to prolong the life of your onlay.

There is no definitive answer, as it depends on the individual case. Inlays and onlays are both effective methods of restoring damaged or decayed teeth, so the best option will be determined by the specific needs of the patient.

An onlay can fall off if it is not properly bonded to the tooth. It is important to follow the instructions of your dentist or dental surgeon to ensure that the onlay is correctly placed and secured. Eating chewy foods can also loosen the bond on your onlay, so it's important to follow the aftercare instructions.

There is no definitive answer as to which is better, as it depends on the individual case. Inlays and onlays are both effective methods of restoring damaged or decayed teeth, so the best option will be determined by the specific needs of the patient.

Inlays and onlays are used for a variety of purposes, including restoring decayed or damaged teeth, filling cavities, and protecting teeth from further damage. Inlays and onlays can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth by changing their colour or shape.

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How much do inlays and onlays cost in 2024?

We offer flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of treatment.

The final cost of your inlay or onlay will depend on the size and the placement. More complex cases will cost more, but the lifetime value of this restoration is certainly worth it. When you consider the benefits of an inlay or onlay to your oral health, the cost of this restorative treatment is clearly worth it. During your initial consultation, we will explore the cost of the treatment and payment options available to you. With interest-free credit payment plans, you could spread the cost of your inlay or onlay, ensuring that high-quality restorative dental work is accessible and affordable.

Porcelain veneers£700
Composite Veneers£350
Composite bonding£170

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We are happy to offer our patients 0% APR and low-cost loan facilities for dental treatment such as dental implants, Invisalign and for other cosmetic dentistry treatments. Bhandal Dental Practice is an Appointed Representative of Tabeo LTD which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to carry out the regulated activity of credit broking.

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