Mint Dental SE1

Inlays & Onlays

  • Fabricated to the exact size and shape of the space
  • Strengthen the teeth by as much as 75 percent
  • Can last as long as a crown

Inlays are much like fillings because they can seal a large cavity within the centre of a tooth. In cases where one or both of the corners — or “cusps” — of the tooth have worn away, an onlay can restore the entire chewing surface.

Inlay or onlay prostheses can repair moderately decayed or damaged back teeth and are suitable for teeth that are too damaged for a filling but not yet damaged enough to require a crown.


See how inlays and onlays compared against dental fillings and find out which is best for you. More.


Discover what it’s like to be fitted with an inlay & onlay and what to expect from the process. Sign up.


We’ve answered our most popular patient questions around inlays and onlays. More.

Anxious patients

If you’re an anxious or nervous patient learn how we can make check-ups easier for you. More.

dental filling

Fillings vs Inlays & Onlays

Dentists can use an inlay or onlay to sustain more of the tooth’s natural structure.

When compared to traditional fillings, inlays and onlays:

  • They are stronger and prevent the teeth from further breakdown
  • Allow for better contact with adjacent teeth to reduce food trapping
  • Allow for better aesthetics

Your dentist will evaluate the condition of your tooth to determine whether an inlay or onlay is more appropriate for your needs.

What happens during an Inlay and Onlay fitting?

A fitting for an inlay or onlay usually requires two appointments. During the first session, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the inlay or onlay.

Your dentist will then take a digital 3D impression, using the revolutionary iTero® intraoral scanner, of the remaining tooth structure and send it to a dental laboratory.

This allows for a more accurate fit of the onlay. A technician will use the scan to produce your inlay or onlay. You will be given a temporary filling for protection and comfort.

At the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary filling and test the Inlay or Onlay to ensure it fits appropriately before cementing it.

Unless you choose gold, the most hard-wearing of the available materials, your new inlay or onlay will blend in with the rest of the tooth for a seamless appearance.

inlay onlay photo
patient review

Inlays & Onlays FAQs

Also known as “indirect” restorations, a lab technician custom-makes your inlay or onlay, and your dentist bonds it to the tooth.

Conventional fillings, known as “direct” restorations, are materials applied directly to the affected tooth after decay removal.

If you have a medium to a large cavity, moderate to severe breakage, or an old filling that no longer offers adequate protection, talk with your dentist at Mint Dental Clinic to find out if an inlay or onlay is suitable.

Although the structure must be reshaped, only decayed areas must be removed, and the fractured areas must be smoothed. Our dentists take every precaution to preserve the natural tooth.

Once your anaesthesia has worn off and the cement is set, you can chew with the treated tooth. Our dentists will advise you on which foods are off-limits.

Inlays and onlays are solid and long-lasting. Conscientious daily brushing, interdental cleaning, professional cleanings and dental exams are all you need to ensure your restoration lasts for many years.


  • cqc-rated-outstandingMonday: 09.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday: 09.00 – 19.00
  • Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday: 10.00 – 19.00
  • Friday: 09.30 – 17.30
  • Saturday: 09.00 – 13.00 (By appointment only)
  • Sunday: Closed


Book a consultation with our amazing dentists to discover which cosmetic treatment is recommended for your smile. More.


Mint Dental Clinic is happy to provide offers for new and existing patients on a regular basis – keep up to date here. More.

Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.



With 295+ Google reviews and growing, our dental practice is rated one of the of the best in the South East London area.