INLAY & ONLAYS

Dental Inlays and Onlays can be thought of as a middle ground between filling a cavity and removing part of your tooth to cap it with a crown. Onlays are similar to crowns but replace less of the healthy tooth, making them a less extreme option.

Dental fillings can crumble and disintegrate with age so, rather than destroy the tooth, we can support the restoration with inlays and onlays.

These restorations are typically more durable and long-lasting than traditional fillings and can help to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage or decay.

WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAY?

  •  Inlays and Onlays are used when the tooth structure is not sufficient enough to place a regular filling, but don’t yet require a full crown fitting, and the result is much stronger.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INLAYS AND ONLAYS?

  • Inlays are placed inside a cavity on your tooth whilst an Onlay replaces the cusp(s) (tips) of your tooth.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED AN INLAY OR ONLAY?

  • When a cusp of your tooth is damaged so an inlay or filling can’t be used.
  • If you have a cavity on a tooth with a weak structure that may crack if restored with a regular filling.
  • To avoid the removal of the amount of natural tooth structure usually required to place a crown.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT?

  • Our dentists at Dorset House Dental will go through everything with you at the start of the treatment and will talk you through the stages as we treat you
    • Administer a local anaesthetic which will numb the area we are working on.
    • Remove any damaged, decayed or even weakened parts of the tooth using a handpiece before giving the area a complete and thorough clean.
    • Then they will take an impression of the tooth and cavity and send it away to a Dental Technician to have your Inlay or Onlay bespoke and custom-made.
    • A temporary covering will be made for the tooth before you leave the surgery.
    • After 2 weeks we will have it ready to be fitted. Once we are happy with the shape, fit, and finish of the crown, we’ll cement it into place.
    • Finally, we’ll examine your bite and make any necessary adjustments before polishing the material to create a smooth finish and a fully functional tooth.

WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS MADE OF?

  • There are a variety of different filling materials available including ceramic and gold., and we will always use the material that is most suitable for you and your particular case.
  • The type of damage present, as well as the extent of the damage, location of the cavity, and personal medical history, can all influence the type of filling material used.

If you have concerns about the condition of your current fillings or fear you have a cavity, book an appointment with us here or call 01788 543217 at your earliest convenience.

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