Inlays & Onlays

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are specialised treatment options for cavities and tooth decay. Inlays and onlays are a great middle option to treat oral health issues that are too severe to be addressed with a tooth filling but not advanced enough to require a dental crown. Treating cavities and decay with inlays and onlays can help prevent further damage and oral health complications down the line.

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What Are Dental Cavities?

A dental cavity indicates a decayed portion of your teeth. Poor oral hygiene practises, a lack of dental care, or a diet heavy in acidic and sugary foods and beverages can all contribute to this. In most cases, more than one cavity will develop during the course of a person’s lifespan.

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What are Benefits of Inlays & Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental treatment options that offer several benefits:

  • Inlays and onlays result in less tooth reduction than other treatment options like dental crowns
  • Inlays and onlays are stronger and more durable than dental fillings as they are created from more durable materials
  • Inlays and onlays offer completely natural-looking results
  • Inlays and onlays offer an effective treatment solution that is easy to care for once finished — your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice daily will keep your inlays and onlays strong and secure

Inlays and onlays can be done during your regular check-up, just like a tooth filling treatment. When we identify the damage, decay or a cavity during your check-up or cleaning, we will assess the amount of damage and make a recommendation for treatment before moving forward.

How do Inlays & Onlays Work?

Natural Results From Inlays And Onlays: Both inlays and onlays are created from a strong, durable material specially made to blend completely with your teeth. They are made to match your natural tooth colour perfectly and, with proper care, can last for more than a decade.



An inlay is a sturdy, solid piece that protects your teeth by closing the cavity between the cusps or ridges of your tooth. It doesn’t cover the entire tooth; it protects the affected or damaged area.



An onlay protects a larger area than an inlay, including an entire cusp, but doesn’t cover the entire tooth as a crown would. Onlays are good options to treat large areas of damage that aren’t severe enough to require a crown.

Caring for Your Smile with Inlays and Onlays at TCare Dental Centre

At TCare Dental Centre, we aim to provide our patients with the highest standards of oral health care. Our dentists are highly qualified and experienced and will help you decide on the best course of treatment, whether it’s a tooth filling, inlay or onlay or a full crown.

You can rely on us for the highest level of service as members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and an accredited dental practice by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP).

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