What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays are generally small and placed within the biting surface of the tooth. An onlay, however, can cover a larger area of the tooth. They are part of the ‘adhesive’ dentistry family of therapies and are exceptionally hardwearing.
We can use them in most areas of the mouth. We take an impression of the prepared cavity and place a temporary filling while we make the onlay or inlay in the laboratory.
We can use gold, composite or porcelain in the manufacturing process. After we make the inlay or onlay, our dentists will fix it in place with adhesive in a follow-up appointment.
Often they are seen as a half-way remedy between a traditional filling and a crown.
When are inlays and onlays used?
Where the nature of the damage or decay makes a filling impractical or where there is a compromise to long-term stability. The decayed or weak part of the tooth can be removed and replaced with an inlay or onlay. They are a replacement for the part of the tooth that has been removed in the preparation process and in some instances a preferred clinical option.
Want to know more?
Come and have a consultation with North Street Dental and Implant Clinic in Dudley, West Midlands. To arrange your consultation call us on 01384 254 067 or email us from the contact page.