WHY ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS USED?
If you’ve had a decayed or chipped tooth, you might have had a silver amalgam or white composite filling to restore the health and structure of your tooth.
However, if your tooth has been damaged more severely or is very decayed, your dentist might recommend treatment using an inlay or an onlay. They are normally made using porcelain which is shade matched to your teeth and blends into your smile.
If you have a cavity of hole that is very big but not big enough for a Crown but too big for filling material then the treament we advise is Inlays and Onlays.
WHAT IS AN INLAY?
An inlay is a type of small filling which fits into the top surface of the tooth, in between the cusps (the raised edges of the tooth). An inlay is used when a traditional composite filling isn’t enough, but there is no damage to the cusps of your tooth.
WHAT IS AN ONLAY?
An onlay is bigger than an inlay and it extends over the cusps of the tooth, covering a greater area. It’s recommended if you have bigger cavities on your tooth.
HOW DO INLAYS AND ONLAYS WORK?
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth using a hand-held intraoral scanner that makes the process quick and comfortable. These will be sent to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will use them to produce your inlay.
In the meantime, you will have a temporary filling fitted.
When your dentist receives your permanent inlay or onlay from the lab, we will remove the temporary filling and then fix the inlay or onlay in place using an adhesive.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING
AN INLAY OR ONLAY?
- Effective way to restore the health of your teeth if there is substantial damage or larger cavities, and traditional composite fillings won’t be enough.
- Made from a durable material which restores the function of your tooth and saves your existing tooth structure.
- The natural-looking porcelain used for inlays and onlays blends in with the rest of your teeth to give you an aesthetic result.