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How are inlays and onlays different from crowns?

Inlays fit inside the cusps of the tooth like a routine filling but using a stronger material designed for more significant instances of decay. With the white porcelain material, you will barely know they are there.

Onlays cover over a section of the top of the tooth, known as the cusp, as well as filling the cavity. The porcelain material is sturdy and more resistant to wear and tear than composite resin.

Both inlays and onlays provide greater structural support than traditional composite fillings.

Inlays and Onlays VS Having a Crown

As opposed to a crown, inlays and onlays are:

  • Less invasive
  • Preserve more tooth structure
  • More affordable

Which one is most suitable for you depends entirely on each individual tooth and its involvement in chewing and biting. We will provide each of your options, along with their benefits, to help you make an informed choice.

The dentists at Alderley Dental use CEREC technology to create custom ceramic restorations onsite at the time of your visit, requiring only a single appointment. If 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 call our office on (07) 3856 2144 to arrange a dental appointment to determine if inlays or onlays will benefit your smile. We proudly serve Alderley, Enoggera, Grange, Newmarket, Gaythorne, Stafford, Everton Park, Mitchelton, Keperra, Wilston, Windsor, Ashgrove and the surrounding communities with high-quality family dentistry.

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