Inlays And Onlays

Inlays And Onlays | Dentist Buderim Having strong and healthy teeth nowadays isn’t an overwhelming task. With innovations brought by modern dentistry, you now have multiple options to choose from to keep your teeth in good shape.

Each option is tailored-fit to address a certain issue, at each level of severity. These options include inlays and onlays.

Before your trip to your Comfort Dental Centre Buderim dentist, we recommend knowing the basics of your preferred dental treatment. This way you’ll have an overview of what to expect and for you to prepare your questions. Read on and learn more about how inlays and onlays can help with your teeth.

What Are Inlays And Onlays?

Inlays and onlays have the same purpose as dental fillings and dental crowns. They are usually used to restore a tooth damaged by decay. The three treatments differ as to when they are the best choice for you.

Inlays and onlays are used when the decay or cavity is too large for a dental filling, but isn’t so damaged it requires a dental crown.

Unlike dental fillings, which are directly moulded unto the tooth during your dental appointment, inlays and onlays are first fabricated in the laboratory before fitted to the tooth.

What Is The Difference Between Inlays And Onlays?

There isn’t a big difference between the two. The materials used are the same and the application process is similar. The only difference is:

Inlays fill the space in between the cusps of the damaged tooth, or at the centre of the tooth.

Onlays cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. They are also used when the damage is greater.

Benefits Of Inlays And Onlays

Inlays and onlays have the following benefits:

  • Minimal removal of tooth enamel
  • Last longer than dental fillings
  • Do not expand and move around unlike dental fillings do when exposed to thermal changes
  • More resistant to stains compared to other dental restorations


Getting an inlay or onlay for your tooth only takes two dental appointments. Once your dentist has established that you are an ideal candidate for the treatment, the target tooth is prepared.

The decayed parts are removed, and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to be sent to the laboratory for the fabrication. A temporary restoration is set in place to protect the tooth while your inlay or onlay is fabricated.

On your second appointment, the fabricated inlay or onlay is bonded and fitted into place.

Reliable Inlays And Onlays At Comfort Dental Centre Buderim

At Comfort Dental Centre Buderim, we have multiple options for restoring your teeth. Each is tailored-fit to your condition and its requirements.

Restore your teeth’s bite and strength. Talk to us today!

Call (07) 5370 8865 or visit us at T204B, 32 Wises Road in Buderim.