Inlay / Onlay

We strongly recommend this type of treatment. It is similar to filling (it fills a hole in your tooth), it is made in a laboratory, cemented to the tooth with special glue adhesive.

Inlays and onlays are strong and can be an attractive alternative to amalgam fillings, large white fillings or crowns. They can be made of porcelain, gold or tooth-coloured filling material. Treatment requires two visits:

Initial visit – tooth preparation + impressions + temporary filling,

Follow-up visit – fitting the inlay or onlay.

This a private treatment worth every penny.


  • Made of: Porcelain, most commonly
  • Used for: Inlays and onlays, crowns, veneers, implants, and orthodontic brackets
  • Lasts: More than seven years
  • Costs: More than composite but less than gold.


  • Ceramics are tooth-coloured.
  • Ceramics are more resistant to staining and abrasion than composite resin.


  • Ceramics are more brittle than composite resin and can break.
  • A ceramic inlay or onlay needs to be large enough to prevent it from breaking. This means that the tooth must be reduced in size to make room for the extra bulk.

Cast Gold

  • Made of: Gold alloy (gold mixed with other metals)
  • Used for: Inlays and onlays, crowns
  • Lasts: At least 15 years, usually longer
  • Costs: More than most other materials; 6 to 10 times more expensive than amalgam


  • Gold doesn't corrode.
  • Some people like the gold colour better than the silver colour of amalgam.
  • Gold fillings are durable enough to withstand chewing forces. They last longer than all other filling materials.


  • You must visit the dentist at least twice to receive a gold filling. At the first visit, the dentist makes an impression of your tooth and places a temporary filling. The gold filling is made from the impression. It is placed at a second visit.
  • The cost is high because of the high cost of gold and the work involved.
  • If gold and amalgam fillings are right next to each other in your mouth, it can result from interactions between the metals and your saliva and cause discomfort.
  • Gold fillings are not tooth-coloured.