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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays fillings

What are Inlays and Onlays?

When your teeth have been the subject of tooth/teeth decay an inlay and onlay can be used for your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case a filling can be the perfect solution for you, or if the decay has progressed and is quite severe a dental crown may be more appropriate. Inlays and Onlays are treatments that bridge the gap between fillings and dental crowns and will be used if the case is too severe for fillings and not severe enough for a dental crown.

Before and after - Amalgam removal with inlay and onlay replacement

Why would I need to have an Inlay and Onlay?

Inlays and Onlays treat:

  • Moderate tooth/teeth decay (less serious cases can be treated with white fillings)
  • Slight tooth/teeth fracture (more serious cases will require dental crowns)

One of the most common symptoms that can lead to requiring an Inlay/Onlay is tooth ache.

How do I know if I will need an Inlay and Onlay?

When you attend your free consultation, our highly trained dentist will examine your mouth and identify the current state of your dental health. Our dentist will carefully explain the treatments that are most suitable for you and will answer any questions you may have.

Are Inlays and Onlays noticeable?

Inlays and Onlays can be made to your natural tooth colour, making the treatment completely discrete!

How long will Inlays and Onlays last?

Both Inlays and Onlays are made to be long lasting; however there are certain factors that can affect their lifespan:

  • Patients Oral hygiene
  • Forceful chewing

What are the differences between Inlays and Onlays?

  • Inlay’s (internal) are filling-like structures that fill the affected tooth
  • Onlay’s (external) are fabricated fillings that cover the cusp (tip) of the tooth

What is the Inlay and Onlay procedure?

The procedure is relatively simple and the patient will experience minimal discomfort. Our dentist will prepare the tooth/teeth (decay removal).

An impression of the affected teeth will be taken and will then be sent off to the dental laboratory to be custom made.

When the custom made Inlays/Onlays have returned the dentist will attach them to the affected teeth.

Free Consultations for Inlays and Onlays

We offer free consultations so we can examine your current dental health and then recommend the best course of treatment for you. Please do not hesitate to call us today!

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