Dental Inlays and Onlays restore cavities and can be likened to somewhere between a crown and a filling.
Restoring a weak tooth will help to preserve the long-term health of your teeth and here at Oatlands Dental Lounge, our skilled dentists and technicians collaborate closely to create a bespoke restoration that meets your smile’s aesthetic and functional needs.
Why might I need an onlay or inlay?
If a tooth has become weakened through damage or decay and a filling is insufficient to repair it, inlays and onlays can help. Composite and porcelain inlays and onlays are also a popular option for replacing large fillings.
What’s the difference between an onlay and an inlay?
Both inlays and onlays restore a decayed or cracked tooth. Whilst inlays sit within the tooth, onlays replace one or more of a tooth’s absent walls. In some cases, an onlay will also cover what’s known as the cusp (the pointed part of a tooth) to fortify it. A conservative treatment, inlays and onlays require minimal removal of tooth tissue to be successful.
What can I expect when getting an inlay or an onlay?
Whilst a filling is built up inside the mouth, inlays and onlays are created outside of the mouth, then cemented into place. Following a full assessment, we will start by numbing and preparing the tooth, removing the decayed and weakened matter, then take an impression or a digital scan of the tooth cavity. We will make a note of your tooth shade and send this information to the dental laboratory, where your restoration will be custom made.
Alternatively, your inlay or onlay can be created on-site, using our state-of-the-art CEREC milling machine, and then bonded securely in place on the same day of the preparation.
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1. What materials are used to make an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays are most commonly made from composite, pressed ceramics or zirconia, all of which are a durable and share aesthetic properties with tooth enamel. We may also recommend gold for your inlay or onlay if we feel your tooth might benefit from a particularly strong material to restore it and if appearance is not a priority – for example if the tooth being restored is at the back of the mouth.
2. How many appointments can I expect?
Treatment with an inlay or onlay typically takes two appointments, though we are also able to offer same-day inlays and onlays, thanks to the state-of-the-art CEREC system. With this sophisticated CAD/CAM system on site it allows us to create and fit your inlay or onlay in a day, so the need for a temporary crown is eliminated.