Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.

Ideal candidates for inlay or onlay work typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.

There are other benefits to inlays and onlays in comparison to metal fillings:

Inlays and onlays are durable — they’re made from tough, hard-wearing materials which last up to 30 years.

They help to strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent, unlike traditional metal fillings which can actually reduce the strength of the teeth by up to 50 percent.

Inlays and onlays prolong tooth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.

Dental inlays and onlays are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips (top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.

During treatment the dentist removes the old fillings under local anesthesia and takes an impression of the tooth, which is sent to the dental laboratory. The new inlay or onlay is made from this mould in porcelain, gold or composite resin material. The inlay or onlay is then cemented into place at the next appointment. The inlay or onlay blends successfully with the treated tooth and the rest of the teeth to achieve a natural, uniform appearance.


A dental crown can help protect a cracked tooth or even bring back complete functionality of a tooth with excessive decay. Dental Crowns (also called caps) are covers that are placed over teeth or dental implants. They are typically used when the damage is too much for a simpler procedure like veneers. Crowns are often used to help keep teeth healthy or for cosmetic reasons. They can help to mould teeth that are not shaped correctly, they can help to restore broken teeth or weak teeth that are at risk of breaking, to help attach bridges, cover dental implants, crowns can be used to assist strengthening a tooth when a filling isn’t enough, and they can be used for cosmetic purposes as well such as, discoloured teeth or unnaturally shaped teeth.

Dental Veneers

With the cost of dental veneers driven so low, thanks to technological innovations more people are now looking at them as a viable alternative for their dental issues.

So what exactly are dental veneers?

They are ceramic, usually Porcelain or other composite resin-based ultra-thin shells, which are affixed onto the front of the patients’ teeth.

The simplicity of the procedure involved means that it is not only cheap to undergo, but requires little to no anaesthesia to perform.

The result: A set of teeth that deliver a beaming new smile while also being fully functional!