Inlays and Onlays Non-Invasive Repair
Sometimes tooth decay causes too much damage for repair with ordinary fillings but doesn’t require treatment with a full crown. When that’s the case, we often turn to inlays and onlays – the conservative alternative to dental crowns.Book your free consultation
Virtually impossible to spot
Treatment with inlays and onlays involves removing a tiny part of the affected tooth and producing a restoration to fit the cavity exactly.
Once bonded in place, the inlay or onlay repairs the biting surface. The hard-wearing tooth-coloured composite makes inlays and onlays virtually impossible to spot. They are especially useful for repairing back teeth like molars and premolars.Book your free consultation
Inlays vs Onlays
Inlays and onlays repair damage and protect from infection while preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible.
Generally, we’ll use an inlay to replace the central chewing surface of a back tooth. However, If the decayed area has affected a cusp (the raised edges of your tooth), we’ll use an onlay to repair the damage.
Put simply, an onlay covers the tooth’s cusp while an inlay only fills the central area between the cusps.
At Changing Faces®, we offer a choice of composite or porcelain, both selected for their hard-wearing properties and likeness to natural tooth enamel. Treatment is quick and less expensive than a full crown.