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Inlays and Onlays are restorations that are used to rebuild a tooth that has lost a significant amount of its structure due to decay or trauma. Similar to dental fillings but rather than being directly placed into your tooth and then set, they are fabricated in our dental laboratory and then cemented into place. This is known as an ‘indirect procedure’. Inlays fit into the tooth whereas onlays sit on top of the remaining tooth structure.

Inlays and Onlays can be constructed using –

  • Porcelain
  • Gold
  • Composite


Your dentist will evaluate your tooth to see if it is suitable for an Inlay or Onlay and also decide which material is best.

The procedure

Two appointments will be necessary: the first to prepare the tooth surface and the second to fit the Onlay or Inlay.

The first appointment
  • A local anaesthetic is given to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue.
  • Any decay that is present will be removed and the tooth surface will be prepared for the restoration.
  • An impression (mould) is taken of your teeth using special dental "putty". The putty is placed into an impression tray; they are both then inserted into your mouth and pushed onto your teeth in order to take an impression. Once the dental putty is set, the impression will be removed. An impression is also taken of the opposing teeth, so the technician can see how you bite together.
  • A temporary restoration will be placed on the prepared tooth to protect it whilst your Inlay or Onlay is being fabricated.
  • The impression is sent to our Dental Laboratory where our technicians will custom make your Inlay or Onlay. This can take up to two weeks.

The Fit Appointment

  • A local anaesthetic may be needed to numb the tooth and surrounding gum.
  • The temporary restoration will be removed and the tooth cleaned.
  • The dentist will then try in your new Inlay or Onlay, making sure the fit is perfect, your bite is comfortable and you are happy with the appearance. The Inlay or Onlay will then be permanently cemented in place.

Happy Clients

Kerry Scheveling

I can’t recommend this dental practice highly enough, visited recently as a new patient requiring treatment. Friendly staff and professional dentist, very reassuring making for a less stressful & comfortable experience.

Dez Poutama

Very pleased with my wife and my treatment, after moving up from Sydney we needed to find a local dentist, very friendly professional staff everything was explained thoroughly and we left extremely happy with the whole experience. Can highly recommend Ettalong Beach Dental.

Kimberley Bowman

I’d like to thank the staff at Ettalong Beach Dental for such a comforting and pleasant visit earlier this year!! Not only was my experience pain free but the service was great and employees ensured that I left happy! The receptionist (Janine) was kind and caring, also helped me with a lot of questions. Dr Lloyd and assistant (Heidi) made me feel comfortable and calm during my visit. Would highly recommend to anyone!

Sarah Paterson

I would like to thankyou Dr Alder for your care and making my visit to the Dentist less stressful and your staff are so helpful, from Janine at the desk to the nurses in the surgery that it is a pleasure to keep my appointment.

Sam Easter

After having a niggling toothache I made an appointment to go see Lloyd. Having not seen a dentist for several years I was quite apprehensive prior to the outset! From the very start he was very caring and receptive and was able to sort my pain out straight away and set my mind at ease! If you are after a dentist who is gentle and kind I would highly recommend seeing Lloyd.

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