Inlays and onlays

We can use these in teeth with more extensive decay or damage that cannot be restored with a normal filling. They are created in a laboratory from an impression taken of the tooth and can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the location of the cavity and whether or not you require an unnoticeable repair.

Why you might need them

If you have decay or damage that a normal filling will not be able to rectify, inlays or onlays can help restore the shape and function of your tooth. Inlays are bonded within the cavity, whereas onlays cover one or more of the tooth’s cusps (points) or completely cover the biting surface of the tooth.

How they help

Your choices

Inlays and onlays can be made from different materials, including porcelain and composite resin. Gold can also be used, especially at the back of the mouth, where a stronger restoration may be required.

Inlays and onlays can also provide a less invasive and more economical alternative to a crown.

How they work

More useful information

As inlays and onlays are tailored to fit, they can withstand stronger chewing forces and can be easier to keep clean than other restorations. When properly maintained, they can keep your tooth well-protected for years to come.

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