INLAYS & ONLAYS
We use dental inlays and onlays as a way of restoring a tooth that has mild to moderate decay, where an ordinary filling would not be strong enough to repair the tooth but a full crown is not necessary. We often use them to repair the surfaces of molars and premolars at the back of the mouth. Once complete, they are virtually undetectable. Molars are the largest teeth right at the back of the mouth, and you will have two or three molars on each side of your upper and lower jaw (three if you have your wisdom teeth). Premolars are the smaller teeth located in front of the molars, and you should have two on each side of your upper and lower jaw.
What are the Differences Between Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay is only used to replace the central part of the chewing surface of a back tooth. If you look in the mirror, you will see your back teeth have raised points on the edges closest to your cheeks and tongue, these are called cusps. An onlay is used to replace part of the chewing surface of a back tooth, as well as one or more of the cusps, so it can restore larger areas of tooth decay.
What are Inlays and Onlays Made From?
Our inlays and onlays can be made from a tooth-coloured composite resin or a tooth-coloured porcelain. Our inlays and onlays will not stain or discolour, and should look good until they need replacing.
Benefits of Choosing Inlays and Onlays
These restorations help conserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, and are precision made to seal out bacteria, protecting the tooth so it lasts longer. Treatment is quick and less expensive than a full crown.