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
- Can protect and strengthen the tooth
- Less invasive than other restorations
- More durable and stable than conventional fillings
- Usually natural-looking
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
- We remove any areas of decay or old fillings and the tooth is cleaned.
- We take an impression and this is used to create an inlay or onlay that will fit the affected area perfectly.
- While your inlay or onlay is being produced, we will protect the prepared tooth with a temporary restoration.
- When ready, the new inlay or onlay is checked for fit and then fixed in place.
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.Back to the Treatments page » Fees List » Gallery »