Inlays & onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to repair a tooth’s damaged biting surface when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a directly placed filling.

An inlay sits inside a cavity in your tooth, while an onlay is a more substantial restoration, sitting on top of a tooth and providing shape.

They are made of a strong, long-lasting material that can match the colour of your teeth to make them look very natural. They are stain resistant and are suitable for large cavities.


A dental crown fits over the remaining part of a tooth, helping to strengthen it and making it look like a whole, natural tooth once more.

Modern crowns are much less bulky than older ones, making them feel natural, they also do not have the old-fashioned metal edge at the gumline.

There are a number of reasons why we may recommend a crown. Your tooth may be decayed and not strong enough to be filled any more, the top part of the tooth may have been accidentally damaged, or you may need one following root canal treatment. Crowns are also sometimes needed to help support a dental bridge.