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Inlays and Onlays

A dental inlay or onlay is an aesthetic solution that restores function.

Repairing a cavity and removing the damaged portion of the tooth can require more than just a conventional filling to repair. When the damage is too extensive for a filling, but not so extensive that a crown is required, then an inlay or onlay may be recommended. This long lasting and aesthetic restoration will help to restore function to your teeth.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Protect Your Teeth
  • Chew With Confidence
  • Preserve Natural Teeth
  • Aesthetic Restoration

What is an inlay or onlay?

A dental inlay is a small piece of porcelain that is designed to fit in the hole left following a deep cavity. These are commonly used to repair rear teeth after an extensive cavity. This option is preferable as it restores the chewing surface and helps to protect against further damage. An onlay is similar, but is used to build up the outer portion of the tooth.

There are three main types of inlays and onlays. They can be made from composite resin, metals or porcelain. Porcelain is the most aesthetic choice, as this will blend in with the surrounding teeth perfectly. Metals such as gold and silver are the most expensive and most durable option. Composite resin is often the cheapest option but may only be used in situations where the tooth is not subject to strong biting force.

Why might I need an inlay or onlay?

Inlays and onlays will help to protect and preserve your natural teeth following damage or decay. When a tooth suffers an extensive cavity, your dentist will need to remove the damaged portion of the tooth. This leaves the remaining tooth exposed to bacteria and will also leave it weakened. To prevent further damage, an inlay or onlay is used to restore function to the tooth.

This is a permanent solution to help protect damaged teeth and avoid the need for more extensive repairs such as crowns or veneers. This might also be recommended in the place of a traditional filling, as a filling won’t offer the same strength and support. The inlay or onlay should last a long time with the right care, but it may need to be replaced over time.

So happy with my new smile . Got all my confidence back. Don’t know how to thank them!

NHS Pricing bands

Transparent pricing for NHS treatments

Patient charges correct as of April 2023

Treatment Band One

  • An examination and diagnosis (e.g. x-rays)
  • Advice on how to prevent future problems
  • A scale and polish, if required

If you need to see a dentist immediately, an urgent NHS appointment costs £23.80.


Treatment Band Two

  • Everything in band one, plus...
  • Any further treatment such as fillings or root canal work
  • Extractions, if your dentist needs to take out one or more teeth


Treatment Band Three

  • Everything in bands one and two, plus...
  • Crowns, dentures or bridges
  • This includes more complex procedures.

You only pay once for the highest treatment band, even if multiple treatments are required.


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Frequently asked questions

How can we help?

Dental restoration treatments are used to repair or replace damaged teeth. Common dental restoration treatments include fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants. Fillings are used to repair minor damage to the tooth structure, while crowns are used to cover and protect a damaged tooth. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and implants are used to replace missing teeth or to support a dental prosthesis.

The results of dermal filler injections typically last for several months. After that, the filler will gradually dissolve and be metabolised by the body.

Do you still have questions?

We offer excellent care and advice regarding our wide range of treatments to all of our patients.

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Patient stories

Hear from our happy patients

  • I was so nervous to have something done to my teeth for the first time, my anxiety was through the roof. But the 2 ladys that did my treatment today were BRILLIANT they calmed me down. Kept making sure i was okay and explained everything thoroughly and made sure i understood what was happening 10/10 would reccomend

    Hayley joan

    Hayley joan

    May 31,2024

  • I recently visited Dr. Dorsa for a dental procedure, and I couldn't be happier with the experience. Dr. Dorsa is not only incredibly professional but also exceptionally patient and kind. She has a unique way of making you feel calm and comfortable throughout the entire treatment process. What I appreciated most was her willingness to describe each step of the procedure, which really helped alleviate any anxiety I had. I highly recommend Dr. Dorsa to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate dentist.

    leila faz

    leila faz

    Apr 22,2024

  • I’m very anxious 😬 about dental visits, but Dr Dorsa and the lovely ladies were soo reassuring amazing even when I wanted to leave due to my anxiety. Thank you soo much!!

    Kam Kaur

    Kam Kaur

    Apr 7,2024

  • I recently underwent Invisalign and whitening with Dr Simran and Demi, and couldn’t be more satisfied with the results!From the initial consultation to final adjustments, their level of care and attention to detail was truly outstanding.Dr Simran’s expertise and professionalism were evident from the get go. She took time to thoroughly explain the treatment process and answered all my questions with patience and clarity. Demi was equally fantastic, keeping me updated with the next steps and making each visit a pleasant one.I am so pleased with the results!! I highly recommend :)

    Jeevan Sunnar

    Jeevan Sunnar

    Mar 20,2024

  • Always give good care and service, very friendly, never had any problems

    roy darby

    roy darby

    Mar 20,2024

  • Extremely happy with the result of my teeth, great experience honestly couldn’t thank simran and Demi enough for making me feel confident with my smile, 100% recommend

    Georgina Otoole

    Georgina Otoole

    Mar 18,2024

  • Dr Dorsa and her Dental Nurse where amazing. I have Dentophobia, and always find treatments really hard to cope with, but Dr Dorsa and her Nurse where really supportive and reassuring, they made me feel so much at ease and ensured I was okay throughout my treatment. I felt very much looked after as an individual person. Thank you to Dr Dorsa and her Nurse and Bhandal Dental Staff in Blackheath, Rowley Regis.



    Feb 24,2024

  • Always very impressed with the service at Bhandal Dental Practice, Blackheath. Dr Dorsa carried out the procedure professionally and without fuss. I am very happy with the result. Thank you.

    Russell Blakey

    Russell Blakey

    Feb 21,2024

  • My third visit to Dr Dorsa today. I have advanced gum disease & needed deep cleaning sessions to minimise effects of this. My individual treatment plan clearly explained including how to improve dental hygiene at home. Dr Dorsa delivered treatment in a sensitive caring manner & today’s results show a marked improvement to my gum health. Very happy with service provided & can recommend.

    Penny Hazzell

    Penny Hazzell

    Feb 20,2024

  • Dr Dorsa great skills She calm me down as i had bad experince in past Did great job

    Armin Burazorovic

    Armin Burazorovic

    Feb 19,2024

  • I normally get bad anxiety when going to dentist but Dr Dorsa was truly amazing and made me feel at ease. Would 100% recommend this fantastic dentist. Thank you so much ❤️

    Jon Payne

    Jon Payne

    Jan 18,2024

  • My dentist retired, and his replacement has taken over some of his patients. He's a lovely young man called Suki and has made me comfortable and relaxed . I had a tooth break, and he has made an emergency repair. Need to go back in the new year for a replacement filling

    Sylvia Smith

    Sylvia Smith

    Dec 28,2023

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