What are they?
Dental inlays and onlays are used instead of fillings to replace parts of a damaged or decayed tooth. Similarly to dental crowns and bridges they are bespoke made in the dental lab and placed over the damaged are that has been prepared beforehand (usually the top, biting surface of the tooth). Inlays and onlays can be made of gold which are placed on the back molar teeth because they are stronger and more resistant to chewing. However, they are less aesthetically pleasing than the alternative white (composite or porcelain) dental inlays and onlays.
Dental inlays and onlays can vary in shape, size and material. They can be made out of porcelain, composite or gold to specifically repair the damaged part of a tooth.
Similarly to crowns and bridges they are custom made to fit a cavity in your tooth or to sit on top of it to restore the shape and structure of your tooth. Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays are matched to the same colour as your natural tooth.
How are they put in place?
Your dentist will remove any old filling material or damage and use a impression or 3D scan which will be used by the lab technicians to determine the shape and colour match of the inlay or onlay. You may be given a local anaesthetic so your dentist can remove any decayed parts of the tooth. While you wait for the technicians to make the custom made dental inlay or onlay your dentist will place a temporary filling to protect the area. After one to two weeks your dentist will then remove the temporary material and cement the dental inlay or onlay in place.
What are the benefits?
Damaged and decaying teeth if left untreated can lead to avoidable treatments such as tooth extraction.
Don’t allow it to get that far and gain back control of your smile.
Inlays and onlays are great solutions if you have damaged or decaying teeth. These treatments will strengthen your natural teeth and replace what you have lost.
We advocate prevention to avoid oral health problems, but if you are experiencing pain or discomfort right now, we can remove that problem for you as early as possible. Don’t wait until your next check-up!
Your dentist will examine your teeth, assess whether you are eligible for the treatment and find out if a filling can be placed or whether you would be better off with an inlay or onlay.
If you have relatively healthy gums, you are most likely able to proceed to the treatment. It may also be a good idea to see the dental hygienist to remove any tartar and prevent any further issues from occurring in your other teeth.
HIGH-TECH DENTAL SCANNING
At Holford Partners Curaden we use high-tech 3D digital scanners to take accurate images and create digital models of your teeth to produce the final inlays and onlays.
We only use technicians that we know and trust. Some individuals have been creating our lab work for more than 20 years. We only use the highest quality materials available to provide you with the best possible results.
Inlays and onlays will last a few decades. Ensure that your dentist has the necessary skills to provide you something that will last and not require premature replacements.
There are very few differences between inlays and onlays. Quite often both terms are used interchangeably. An inlay is a bespoke made piece of dental material that is placed inside a cavity on your tooth and an onlay will restore the tips/cusps of the biting surface of your tooth. They can be made of a variety of materials, such as gold, composite or porcelain.
As inlays and onlays are specifically made to fit your tooth, we will need to see you for two visits. The first appointment will be to prepare the damaged area of the tooth and prevent the removal of healthy tooth structure. The dentist will place a temporary material over the trimmed area to protect it whilst the inlay or onlay is being made.
The second and final visit will be around one to two weeks later to fit the permanent restoration.