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Porcelain or composite dental inlays & onlays at our practice in Notting Hill

Dental inlays & onlays

A dental inlay or onlay is a laboratory made porcelain, composite or metal restoration used when there is a lack of tooth structure for a directly placed filling.


A dental inlay or onlay covers part of the tooth surface. They are ideal where a filling is not an option due to lack of tooth structure and a crown is unnecessary.

Dental inlays and onlays

Dental inlays & onlays process

An inlay or onlay will take two appointments to place. In the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth, take impressions and fit a temporary inlay or onlay over the tooth.

In the second appointment, your new inlay or onlay will be functionally and aesthetically assessed. Provided the fit and appearance is good it will then be bonded into place.

Benefits of dental inlays & onlays

  • Inlay or onlay material is matched to other teeth, providing an aesthetic finish which blends with the rest of your smile
  • Inlays & onlays come in a choice of materials – porcelain, composite or metal
  • Inlays & onlays are a conservative treatment option which can be changed to a crown in the future

Dental inlays & onlays FAQs

  • Is a dental inlay or onlay for me?

    Both procedures are used when there is a lack of tooth structure to support a directly placed filling. Where there is less tooth substance available, a full coverage dental crown will be indicated.

  • Is an inlay or onlay visible?

    With state of the art technology, the composite or porcelain material used will be colour matched to the rest of your teeth, ensuring a discrete finish.

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To discuss dental inlays and onlays please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 020 7792 2333 during normal office hours.

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