Inlays & Onlays

What are they?

Similar to fillings, inlays and onlays are used to restore a tooth’s integrity and function following damage. The difference being that, whereas a standard filling is applied directly into/onto your tooth and hardens in your mouth, inlays and onlays are custom-made in the laboratory and then cemented in place.

  • Inlays and onlays are used when the tooth structure is not sufficient enough to place a regular filling and the result is much stronger.
  • The difference between inlays and onlays is that an inlay is placed inside a cavity on your tooth whilst an onlay replaces the cusp(s) (tips) of your tooth. These two terms are often used interchangeably.
  • Materials: gold, composite or porcelain.

Your dentist will explain the advantages and advise on which one is best for your tooth.

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