If any of your teeth have been weakened or damaged by decay, porcelain inlays and onlays could be a better option than a traditional filling. An inlay or onlay can be placed over the biting surface of your teeth to fill a cavity and restore your tooth's original look and function.

Made from strong porcelain, inlays and onlays look and feel similar to natural teeth and should last a long time with proper care. We'll let you know if you're a candidate for a dental inlay or onlay during your consultation with our dentists in Everton Park or Mitchelton.

Talk to our dentists at Swish Dental to find out more about porcelain inlays and onlays in Brisbane.

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What's the difference between inlays and onlays?

Both inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings. This is because they're custom-made outside your mouth and bonded into place by our dentists.

A dental inlay lies fully inside the cusps of the tooth's surface.

An onlay may extend over the cusps if more of the biting surface has been damaged.

Are inlays and onlays right for me?

When you make an appointment at Swish Dental, we'll give you a complete oral health assessment to check the condition of your teeth and recommend the most suitable treatments.

Inlays and onlays are the middle ground between a filling and a crown. We may recommend this treatment if a tooth has been severely damaged by decay, erosion or trauma, but most of its structure still remains.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are most commonly used for the chewing teeth (molars), because of their strength. They're suitable for visible teeth, as they can be colour-matched to your natural tooth shade for a seamless appearance.

Why use inlays / onlays rather than fillings?

Why use inlays / onlays rather than fillings?

If more than half of your tooth's structure has been lost, you won't be suitable for a traditional filling. Porcelain inlays and onlays are stronger and last longer than white fillings. Porcelain also retains its colour for longer than the composite resin in fillings and helps to protect the tooth against bacteria.

Why use inlays / onlays rather than crowns?

Why use inlays / onlays rather than crowns?

We try to preserve as much of your healthy tooth as possible. Inlays and onlays are more conservative options that require less preparation of the tooth than a crown. They can also be easier to clean and have fewer complications.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

How long do inlays and onlays last?

We'll give you advice about how to care for your inlay or onlay to help it last for as long as possible. When you avoid hard, crunchy foods, maintain good oral hygiene and keep up with your dental visits, porcelain inlays and onlays can last between 5 and 10 years.


What does the treatment involve?

We'll give you all the information about the inlay/onlay procedure during your consultation, so you can decide if it's the right choice for you. It usually takes two appointments to fit an inlay or onlay, as they're manufactured externally in a dental laboratory.

First appointment

The first appointment is when we'll prepare your teeth for the restoration. First, we'll remove any decayed or damaged tissue from the tooth, using a local anaesthetic to numb any pain.

We'll then take an impression of the tooth and the opposing tooth, so we can see how they bite together. These will be used to create your custom inlay or onlay.

We'll place a temporary filling or crown over the tooth before your next appointment, which will usually be one or two weeks later.

Second appointment

When we receive you inlay or onlay, we'll arrange your fitting appointment. We'll remove the temporary restoration, clean and disinfect your tooth and bond your porcelain inlay or onlay into place, making any adjustments that are needed.

You can resume your normal activities, but we'll advise you about certain foods to avoid while the inlay or onlay is still bonding.

What are the risks?

We'll make sure you know the possible side-effects and complications before you agree to the treatment.

Your treated tooth may feel more sensitive to hot and cold for a few days, so you should avoid food and drink that causes discomfort until your tooth has healed.

You should contact us immediately if you notice any other unusual symptoms after your treatment.

What do inlays and onlays cost?

We accept all major health funds at our Everton Park and Mitchelton clinics, and we'll let you know if your insurance covers your treatment. We also offer payment plans to help you manage the cost.

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Book an appointment today

Talk to our friendly team at Swish Dental to find out more about porcelain inlays and onlays in Brisbane.

Contact our clinic in Everton Park on (07) 3355 1422 or Mitchelton on (07) 3354 3341.


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