A dental Inlay or onlay is a great treatment solution when restoring a tooth that is either decayed, chipped or broken. They are generally used for rebuilding molars at the back of the mouth and are highly effective and durable. If a tooth requires more protection than a filling, but is not damaged enough to require a crown, an inlay or onlay is an ideal treatment option.
A dental Inlay is used to restore the biting surface of the tooth and therefore fills cavities in between the cusps. The material is usually made up of a strong composite or sometimes a ceramic can be used. Both options provide an aesthetically pleasing end result and one that looks almost completely natural.
Dental onlays are also known as partial crowns as they restore the outer surface of the tooth. They are extremely durable which enable them to function perfectly for many years and they look natural too. Dental onlays will protect the tooth and provide the necessary strength required for chewing.
Treatment of inlays and onlays usually takes place over two visits to the practice. During the first appointment, the affected tooth will be prepared and an impression will be taken. This then sent to a laboratory where your dental inlay or onlay can be handcrafted by an dental technician. On your second visit, we will securely bond your inlay or onlay into place before finishing off your restored tooth with a clean and polish.