Crown Dental Dublin - Award winning Dental Care in Dublin 6

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays & Onlays

When a tooth has suffered from the damage of decay it’s important that it is treated as soon as is possible. With early treatment comes the potential for being able to preserve much of the natural tooth.

Delaying treatment for tooth damage and decay can lead to the need for root canal treatment. It can also potentially lead to the total loss of the tooth.

Keep in mind that routine checkups with your dentist, along with those annual appointments to clean your teeth, will be able to identify any cavities and other damage in its early stages. Prevention truly is better than a cure when it comes to oral health care.

What are inlays and onlays?

Get results you love

There are occasions where the decay or damage to a tooth may be too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not quite extensive enough to need the full-coverage of a crown. In these types of situations, the best option for tooth restoration may be to consider dental inlays or onlays.

Inlays and onlays are larger fillings that are made in the laboratory using tooth-coloured porcelain instead of composite material. An inlay replaces the central chewing surface of a back tooth, but an onlay will replace a larger area which includes the central chewing area plus one or more of the cusps

What are inlays and onlays used to treat?

Dental inlays and dental onlays are used as a restoration solution for teeth that have mild to moderate damage or decay. Simple cavities can be filled using composite material, and they are typically done in one visit to the clinic.

Getting porcelain inlays and onlays is a two-stage process that involves waiting for the porcelain restorative piece to be milled.

What options are there?

Typically there are just a few options for a tooth that has sustained decay and damage.

  • When a filling is not enough to resolve the damage, a full-coverage crown may be used. This is not always the ideal solution as there is a steep cost difference when you compare onlays vs crowns.
  • Remember that if the decay and damage are not treated in a timely manner, you may be facing the need for root canal treatment or the complete loss of the tooth once the decay has progressed too far.
What is the procedure for getting inlays and onlays?
dental-inlays-dublin There are two stages to the process of getting inlays and onlays, which differs from a routine filling. The damaged tooth and the surrounding gum will be numbed so that patients feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. A mould will be taken from an impression of your damaged tooth. This will then be used as a guide for a cast. The cast is used to produce the inlays or onlays. The second stage will involve the fitting of the inlay or onlay. Your dentist will check the fitting before securing the porcelain inlay or onlay in place with a bonding material. Your dentist will make any minor adjustments and polish the tooth so that it looks completely natural.
dublin There are no disadvantages to be seen when you get a decayed or damaged tooth treated by your dentist. Neglecting dental concerns like these will only lead to further damage, more advanced decay and the potential for losing the tooth entirely. There are a number of advantages to considering inlays and onlays versus crowns and other potential options. The first is that inlays and onlays can be a much more budget-friendly solution to protecting your tooth. Inlays and onlays offer the strength and durability that you are looking for, while also providing a wholly natural look once they are in place. If a tooth is treated with a simple composite filling, but is in need of further protection, there are good odds that the structure of the tooth will be compromised. When compared to a filling that is a composite inlays and onlays provide much more strength and protection to the integrity of the tooth itself. Your dental work can be kept clean in the same way that you keep your natural teeth clean. Brush and floss after each meal and be sure to use a quality mouth rinse. Keep up with your regular dental checkups and keep your oral health care one of your main healthcare priorities.

Call Us!

01 490 4656

What are the costs for inlays and onlays?

We offer years of compassionate care and experience at Crown Dental. With thorough dentists who offer a wide range of dental services, we have great experience working with patients who are in need of a wide range of dental treatments. Get treatment for decay and damage to your teeth. We offer competitive prices at our clinic. See our prices below or call the clinic to speak about any dental inlays and onlays cost concerns.

Initial Consultation


Emax inlay/onlay


Gold inlay


Why Choose Crown Dental?

Our goal is providing our patients with the most suitable preventive , restorative and cosmetic care with some „tender loving dental care” that is functional, comfortable and long-lasting.

It is very important to us to help all of our our patients to keep all of their teeth in good condition in the long term whenever possible. All our colleagues are motivated and enthusiastic about dentistry, and have a passion for their work and for the care of our patients.

  • review rating 5  Find Crown Dental provide excellent dental service... Over several years have had Implants a Crown, Root Canal and Clean and Polish done....The whole range... Receptionist Napsugar dentist Dr Erika and her assistant Melinda are all very professional friendly and skillful team even with complex dental work... The painful bit at the end the bill is very competitive and good value for money. Never had occasion to return with any problems over work done....

    thumb john feely
  • review rating 5  I was always very conscious of my teeth, never showed them on pictures. It was the best decision of my life to get braces at Crown Dental. I can honestly say it changed my life. I can't stop smiling, it boosted my confidence, I feel like a different person. Thank you dr. Laura for changing my life.

    thumb Niamh O'Sullivan
  • review rating 5  I've been patient for over a year of Crown Dental The most equipped dental practice I've ever been, the atmosphere is excellent. Dentists and the Nurses are highly qualified . Napsugar the receptionist ,is just so friendly and helpful. You can actually forget about that you're in dentist. can not recommend them highly enough.

    thumb Angelika Bereczki
  • review rating 5  Erica is a super honest and professional dentist , I had a number of crowns and a bridge fitted and the result is amazing , am very happy I went to crown dental for my new smile and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for complex dentistry .

    thumb Cyril Treacy
  • review rating 5  I was always scared of the dentist, but not anymore. I received my crowns at Crown Dental, and I couldn't be happier with the results. The treatment was pain free, the team made me at ease during the process. I can't stop smiling and showing my perfect teeth.

    thumb Erika Borsodi
  • review rating 5  I've been a patient at Crown Dental for over 6 years. When I was younger I played professional Rugby and lost a good number of my front teeth due to a freak-accident (knee in the face). For years I had a denture, which was a hassle to eat with. It also made me self conscious in social interactions, until I could bare it no longer. Crown Dental was recommended to me and it literally changed my life in so many ways! Over this period I had 4 implants, 5 crowns, 1 bridge and several root canals done, along with a couple of fillings and cleanings. I now have an amazing smile that all my friends and family are complimenting me about, it restored my confidence and gave me a brighter outlook on life. Thank you Dr. Erika for changing my life.

    thumb max schuman
  • review rating 5  Both myself and my husband have been Dr Erika's patients for over a decade. Crown dental is the cleanest, most equipped dental practice I have ever been to. Both dentists and the nurses are highly qualified and are brilliant with nervous patients. My husband had a dental implant done here with A+ results. Their prices are highly competitive but without compromising on quality. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

    thumb Lilla Hamvas
  • review rating 5  Erica is a super honest and professional dentist , I had a number of crowns and a bridge fitted and the result is amazing , am very happy I went to crown dental for my new smile and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for complex dentistry .

    thumb Cyril Treacy
  • review rating 5  Great dentists and friendly staff! I had bone augmentation, 2 implants and 3 crowns done. The whole process took about a year due to the complexity but it certainly was worth it. I am delighted with the results and will happily recommend the clinic to my friends and family.

    thumb Oisin Dunne
  • review rating 5  I have been attending Crown dental for many years now. I am impressed by the professionalism and high standards every time I visit Crown Dental. All treatments have been explained to me before the treatments, and the team made sure to put me at ease. I cannot thank Crown Dental enough, and would recommend them to everyone.

    thumb Ilona Agocs

Alternative Treatments at Crown Dental

All of our treatments and services are provided in a comfortable, spa-like clinic, designed according to high-quality standards in our clinic in Dublin 6.


Are you looking to restore your tooth?

Learn more about the treatment options that may be available to you. Book an appointment online or call our clinic at (01) 490 4656.

Opening Hours
  • Monday 11:00 - 6:30
  • Tuesday 11:30-7.00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 6:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 6:30
  • Friday 10:00 - 5:30
  • Saturday 10:00 - 5:30
196 Harold's Cross Road, Dublin 6W