Also known as Partial Crowns, they are most appropriate for teeth at the back of the mouth when the damage is too great for a filling, yet not severe enough to require a full new crown.
The difference between Inlays and Onlays is the area of the tooth they are used to repair. Inlays are required when the damage to the tooth is in the recessed area within the cusps of the biting surface.
Onlays generally cover a larger area and are used when the damage extends over the cusps themselves. Both are made from either porcelain or a composite resin material.
Inlays and Onlays are a long-term, restorative solution. The material used is very durable and strong.
The restorations can be created to match the same colour as the healthy part of the tooth for a very natural looking result. They are occasionally used to repair front teeth but are generally more suitable to treat the cusps and grooves of molar teeth.
Your dentist will initially examine your teeth to determine the most appropriate course of action. If Inlays or Onlays are appropriate then we will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you would like to raise.
The actual treatment usually requires two appointments. At the first, an impression is taken of the affected tooth which is then sent away to a laboratory for the restoration to be created.
When ready, the second appointment is arranged for the new Inlay or Onlay to be fitted securely in place with a strong resin adhesive.
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