Inlays, Onlays & Veneers FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to inlays, onlays & veneers.

Inlays, Onlays & Veneers

What is a dental inlay and onlay?


Inlays are fitted and moulded in the biting region of your tooth that has been damaged through injury or dental decay.

Onlays are utilized for dental damage and decay to the cusps of your tooth as well as the chewing surface

What is a porcelain inlay?


Porcelain inlay is a custom-made filling that comprises porcelain, gold and other composite material. The inlay is cemented to your tooth permanently.

What is an inlay dental procedure?


Dental inlay procedure involves a premade filling which can be used to restore an extensively decayed or damaged tooth. This procedure covers the pits and fissures of a tooth's biting surface between the cuspal tips.

Which is better inlay or crown?


When compared with the Inlay, a dental crown is the strongest option to cover teeth that are discoloured or fractured.

How long do dental inlays last?


If you follow the proper oral hygiene and other teeth restoration guidelines, inlay restorations can last for 20 to 30 years.

What is a porcelain onlay?


Onlays are usually recommended for severe tooth damage or large fillings that have failed. Onlay covers the large portion of your dental area, including one or more of the chewing cusps. Porcelain Onlays are composed of porcelain that has been matched to the natural tooth colour. Porcelain Onlays is a conservative tooth restoration method.

How long does an onlay procedure take?


The onlay procedure can take 2 visits over 2 weeks. Usually this takes a total of 1 to 2 hours.

What is a dental veneer?


Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are fixed to the front surface of teeth to improve their overall appearance. Veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials.

Why does my veneer hurt?


Enamel loss and improper bite are the major causes of tooth sensitivity / tooth pain after Veneers. The pain is temporary and can be managed by simple pain meds and precautionary steps.

How to fix a veneer tooth at home?


It is not recommended to fix / reattach your veneer at home. Always consult a dentist for fixing a veneer tooth. Also, you should not use regular glue as it is toxic in nature. Usually, special dental cements are used for attaching veneers.

How to fix a chipped veneer tooth at home?


Unless the damage is a minor chip, there's no permanent way to fix it without consulting a dentist. The best thing you can do is to address the dental pain and protect your teeth and the inside of your oral cavity to avoid further injury.

What is the difference between a filling and an inlay?


Amalgam or composite material is used in the dental filling process. It is a quick process that involves a single visit to the dental clinic. In the inlay process, the dental space is filled with a single, solid piece that is usually fabricated in a lab. The inlays are made with gold or ceramic.