Alderley Dental

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9 South Pine Road, Alderley QLD 4051

Phone: 07 3856 2144


Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays in Brisbane

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Alderley Dental Brisbane recommend inlays / onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown.Inlay and Onlay perform a similar function as a filling and a crown, essentially repairing a broken or decayed tooth and restoring the strength and function. We recommend inlays/onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown.

Inlays and Onlays use porcelain (not the composite resin of tooth coloured fillings) as this is a sturdier material for the larger space, giving our patients a functional and long term solution.

How do Inlays differ from Onlays?




These fit inside of the tooth like a normal filling.

With the white porcelain material you will barely know they are there.


These cover over a section of the top of the tooth, known as the cusp, as well as filling the cavity.

The porcelain material is tough and more resistant to wear and tear than composite resin.

Download, view or print our one page Information Sheet (PDF) about Inlays and Onlays.

Alternatively visit our patient resource centre for more handy dental resources.

Inlays and Onlays vs having a Crown?

As opposed to a Crown, Inlays and Onlays are:

  • less invasive
  • preserve more tooth structure

Which one is most suitable for you depends entirely on each individual tooth.

Alderley Dental uses CEREC in Brisbane to create custom ceramic restorations onsite and at the time of your visitIf there is enough strong tooth structure left worth preserving, then we would recommend either an inlay or onlay.

However if there is a weak cusp then we would recommend an onlay. This would cover the weak cusp to prevent it from splitting off later.

If your tooth is very heavily filled or badly broken down then we would recommend a crown.
Please Book an appointment online or call our office onĀ (07) 3856 2144 today.

A dentist with the latest technology in fillings

At Alderly Dental we use CEREC, a dental technology for creating porcelain restorations including fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in one single visit.

Find out more about CEREC and its advantages for you as a patient.