Inlays and Onlays

Looking for a conservative option to repair damaged or decayed teeth? Inlays and onlays help ensure you keep as much of your natural tooth as possible.

Inlays and onlays provide a more conservative approach to restoring teeth, if you have tooth decay or damage to a back tooth, than a crown. As only a small amount of healthy tooth will need to be removed to prepare the tooth. Although small areas of damage or decay can be repaired with a filling, to protect larger areas, the team at Smiles on Broadway may suggest an inlay or an onlay. An inlay is designed to repair the very centre of your tooth, where as an onlay fits across the entire top surface of the tooth.

It will take two appointments to sculpt your inlay or onlay. At the first appointment the dentist will prepare your tooth and take impressions. These will then be sent to the laboratory so the dental technician can craft your custom-made inlay or onlay. At your second appointment the dentist will remove the temporary filling and will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth, helping to strengthen and protect the tooth. Inlays and onlays are made from a variety of tooth coloured materials so will blend beautifully with your natural tooth colour, creating a restoration that is virtually invisible.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Inlays and onlays help to ensure you keep as much of the natural tooth as possible, so that the structure of the tooth remains intact and strong.
  • Inlays and onlays can be constructed so precisely that they leave no space between the prosthetic and the tooth for harmful bacteria to enter.
  • Inlays and onlays can last for many years, provided they are properly cared for.
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    Inlays and Onlays

    When teeth in the back of the mouth suffer decay, inlays and onlays can be used to fill them.

    Sculpted to ensure a precise fit, inlays fill cavities and restore strength to damaged teeth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering the entire top surface of the tooth. Onlays are most often used when the extent of tooth decay makes inlays and regular fillings unsuitable treatment options, but the decay or damage is not sufficient enough to require porcelain crowns. Both inlays and onlays are made from tooth-coloured material so that your results will be both durable and natural-looking. These restorations are ultimately bonded to the tooth, thus strengthening the tooth.