Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and onlays restore a decayed or otherwise damaged tooth that a white filling could not

Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings but are not directly bonded onto your tooth. They are fabricated in our dental laboratory and then placed with dental cement. The difference between an inlay and an onlay is an inlay fits in the tooth and an onlay sits on top of the remaining tooth structure.

Inlays and onlays can be constructed using:

  • Gold
  • Composite
  • Porcelain

When you visit one of our Perth dental practices, an Access Dental Care dentist will assess your oral health and determine the treatment that best suits your oral health needs. One of the contributing factors us the extent of damage to the tooth. If the damage is extensive you may require a dental crown instead of an onlay. A dental crown covers the whole tooth whereas an onlay only covers the top (or cusps) of the tooth.

The procedure for inlays/onlays

The procedure for inlays or onlays takes two appointments: the first to prepare the tooth surface and the second to fit the inlay or onlay.

The first appointment

During your first appointment we will assess and prepare your tooth. This involves:

  • The tooth and surrounding tissue to be numbed
  • Once the anaesthetic kicks in the decay will be removed and your tooth prepared for the inlay or onlay
  • An impression is taken of your teeth with dental putty. We will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth so our dental technician can see how your teeth bite together.
  • While you wait for your permanent restoration a temporary one will be fitted.
  • It is generally a week or two before we receive your permanent restoration

The second appointment

During your second appointment one of our dentists will place your inlay or onlay. This involves:

  • Once again your teeth and surrounding gum tissue will be numbed
  • After the anaesthetic has kicked in the temporary restoration will be removed and your tooth cleaned
  • Before bonding your new restoration, we will ensure that it fits properly and that your bite is comfortable. Once you are happy and our dentist is happy the inlay or onlay will be bonded into place using dental cement.

How long an onlay or inlay lasts will depend on how you look after your oral health. At Access Dental Care in Perth, we strongly recommend maintaining regular dental check-ups to ensure your oral health and to assess the restoration.

Inlays and Onlays Perth

If the structure of your tooth has become compromised by decay or injury, contact the team at Access Dental today to schedule a consultation and assessment. An inlay or onlay may be the ideal solution for you. 

Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

We always:

  • Promote prevention – we encourage good oral health care habits and routines to prevent the onset of tooth decay and oral diseases.
  • Offer the highest level of care to ensure you receive the most effective and sustainable dental treatments for you and your lifestyle.
  • Provide safe and comfortable dental treatments by utilising the best dental technologies and the most advanced treatment methods.
  • Explain recommended treatments to ensure you understand your options so you can make the most informed decision for your health.