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Inlays & Onlays

Your skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist in Lewisham provides high-quality inlays and onlays to repair cracked or decayed teeth at the back of the mouth. Inlays cover the spaces in between the cusps or bumps on the biting surface of the teeth. Onlays span one or more of the cusps, or even the entire chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Benefits of inlays and onlays

  • Made of gold, ceramic, or composite resin, these restorations are hard wearing and last many years
  • They provide protection and prevent future oral problems from developing
  • They lend strength to the teeth (unlike metal fillings which can weaken teeth)

Are they right for me?

The best candidates for inlays or onlays tend to have too much tooth decay or damage to be fixed with a filling. The tooth should, however, be healthy enough to prevent any need for a crown.

Your private dentist in Lewisham will determine your suitability for inlays and onlays at your consultation.

What does the procedure involve?

Inlays and onlays may either be direct or indirect. The right type for you depends on the condition of your teeth, and will be determined by your dentist.

Direct restorations are fitted in one appointment at our dental surgery in Lewisham. Your teeth will be cleaned, and the inlay or onlay will be molded to fit your tooth exactly. The restoration is then hardened in a special oven before it’s permanently bonded in place.

Indirect restorations require two appointments in total. To begin, your teeth will be cleaned and impressions will be taken and sent to a lab. While your restoration is made in the lab, you will have a temporary filling placed on the tooth. You will then return to our dental practice in Lewisham to have the temporary filling removed and the permanent restoration fitted in place.

The inlay or onlay will blend in nicely with the rest of your teeth, resulting in a natural, discreet appearance.


After your inlay or onlay is fitted, your tooth may feel a little sensitive for the first few days. If you continue to feel sensitivity or pain, book an appointment with your dentist in Lewisham as soon as possible.

Look after your inlay or onlay with a good oral care routine involving daily brushing and flossing. You should also attend regular checkups at our dental clinic in Lewisham to ensure your restoration remains healthy.

How long do they last?

With correct care, these restorations should last at least a decade. However, it depends on the material used, as well as as the bite pressure they endure.

Are you considering restoring your teeth with high-quality inlays and onlays in Lewisham? To book your consultation today, please call Lewisham Dental Practice on, or email us at

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