Dental Crowns, Inlays and Onlays

Dental Crowns, Inlays and Onlays

Restoration of a tooth damaged by decay, fracture, loss of a filling or one tooth has undergone root canal therapy, is accomplished efficiently and effectively through the application of a crown, inlay or onlay.

Designed (using CEREC technology) to cover the entire tooth to your gum-line, and sculptured from high-grade porcelain, a crown is placed when the damage sustained by a tooth is such that a filling is not adequate to restore it to full function or appearance.

Where a crown is utilised for a tooth that has had severe decay or major trauma, inlays and onlays are used for teeth requiring mild to moderate restorative treatment and is achieved with minimal interference to the tooth structure and they represent an in between option between a crown and a natural filling.


A dental inlay, as the name suggests, is used to rectify damage in the indented or cusp surface structure of back teeth, or they can be placed as replacements for old or damaged amalgam (silver) fillings, to create a more natural looking mouth. The tooth is prepared by removing the decay, prior to taking a moulded impression, in a similar process to that used for a crown. Also, made from hard porcelain material (often CEREC), an inlay, when bonded into position, seals the tooth more efficiently than an amalgam filling. Its main advantage is preserving the tooth structure and its longevity.


A porcelain onlay is utilised to repair a tooth where the damage sustained is too extensive for an inlay to be used, this may have been caused through decay or loss of a large filling. An onlay requires the same diligent preparation and precision bonding as an inlay or a crown. When secured into place, your new onlay can absorb up to 75% more chewing force than a filling and is fare more conservative of the tooth structure than a crown. It minimises tooth structure loss.

We have made it our mission at Integrated Dental Health to use the best ceramic materials for you and your family’s dentistry. We are proud to provide excellent aesthetic and functional restorations which truly support a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing.

The CEREC CAD/CAM Solution is an innovation in same day dentistry. Traditionally a dental crown needed to be prepared at one appointment, made in a laboratory and then fitted at a subsequent appointment. With the CEREC (in clinically suitable cases) the tooth to be crowned is prepared and the preparation recorded with the CAD/CAM camera. This digital recording is then used to design the restoration. The designed restoration is then milled from a block of porcelain while you wait. The restoration is then fitted and tested and finally polished, all in one time-saving appointment.

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