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Repair damaged or decayed teeth and keep your smile looking natural with our durable inlays and onlays

Visit Cotteswold House Dental Care in Gloucester to restore the natural strength of your teeth with our custom- made our porcelain, tooth-coloured composite or gold inlays and onlays.

What are inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are used when a filling isn’t enough to repair a damaged or decayed tooth and a crown isn’t required. Both are more substantial than fillings but not as intrusive as crowns.

  • A dental inlay fills in any cavities and holes in a tooth in the areas between the cusps (highest points of your teeth).
  • A dental onlay is used when a larger area of your tooth is damaged, including the cavities and cusps.

How are inlays and onlays done?

The process for both inlays and onlays takes two appointments.

First, we will use the iTero scanner to create a digital impression, eliminating the need for messy or uncomfortable impression putty in your mouth. This enables us to create your tailor made inlay or onlay. We’ll then pop in a temporary filling.

During your second appointment, you will be given a local anaesthetic and we will remove your temporary filling. We’ll then position your inlay or onlay onto your tooth and bond it into place once we’re entirely happy.

Benefits of Inlays/Onlays at Cotteswold House Dental Care

  • Prevent tooth loss 
  • Strengthen teeth by up to 75%
  • Durable and long-lasting (some can last up to 30 years)
  • Help you avoid future dental treatment

Book a free appointment with our friendly Treatment Coordinator

We pride ourselves on offering an outstanding dental service that makes a real difference to people’s lives. There’s a reason why our clients call us the best dental practice in Gloucester.

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How long do inlays and onlays last?
Both inlays and onlays are highly durable and can last anywhere between 5 and 30 years. You can extend their lifespan by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups.
Who are inlays and onlays suitable for?
Inlays and onlays are perfect for those with too much damage for a filling but still have enough healthy tooth to avoid a crown. This means you can keep more of your natural teeth.
How long will my dental inlay or onlay appointment take?
You will need to attend two appointments to have your inlays or onlays fitted. Each of these takes around an hour.
Can I get a filling instead of an inlay?
Inlays are more durable and better suited to certain types of damage than traditional fillings. Our dentists assess each patient’s needs before recommending a treatment. If you would prefer a filling, please speak to a member of our friendly team to discuss.