Patients in Putney ask: what are the differences between dental inlays, onlays, and crowns?

Dental patients in Putney who wish to improve the appearance of their smiles have many options with today's technology. Because of the number of choices, patients may be confused about the proper treatment for their unique needs. Such may be the case when considering porcelain crowns, inlays, or onlays.

At Gentle Dental Putney, we offer a free, in-depth consultation to learn about each patient's goals and wishes and develop a custom-tailored plan of care. Our doctors specialize in all aspects of dental care, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry such as ceramic treatments. Ceramic is an ideal material for dental procedures because of its durability and similar appearance to the tooth's natural enamel. Thanks to our advanced CEREC technology, patients can receive their restoration the same day. After a digital impression of the patient's tooth is sent to the sophisticated computer design software, a precise milling device creates the crown, inlay, or onlay in our office.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is basically a cap that is cemented over a tooth that has broken, worn down, or discoloured. A crown is also used to cover a large filling, protect a weakened tooth, anchor a dental bridge, top off a dental implant, or simply to reshape or enhance the appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns completely encase the entire visible portion of a tooth.


An inlay is a filling that may be called an indirect restoration. Unlike traditional fillings that involve a paste that hardens after it is placed, an inlay is custom-fabricated from an impression of the tooth and cemented into position.


Much the same as an inlay, a dental onlay offers expanded coverage of the tooth cusp as well.

Consultation with one of our experienced and caring Putney doctors will determine the best treatment for each patient. Gentle Dental Putney offers a complete range of dental care including children's and family dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, emergency dental care and 24 hour coverage, teeth whitening, and orthodontic treatments.

Our state-of-the-art office is located at 30A Putney Hill, Putney, London. For more information or an appointment, contact us at 0208 780 2226 today.
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