They are typically used for teeth that are unsuitable for fillings because they need additional support. They are permanently cemented to the inside of a tooth.
Using an inlay or onlay, your dentist can preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure. Unlike traditional fillings, inlays and onlays can hold the tooth together and provide a 75% increase in strength and can last upto 15 years.
The key difference between an onlay and an inlay is that an onlay covers several cusps as well as the full biting surface of the tooth and is sometimes called a partial crown. An inlay fills the area in between the cusps of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays are designed to be longer lasting than fillings and can be used for areas with a larger amount of decay.
Inlays and onlays require less enamel removal than a crown and are smaller, therefore are more conservative in maintaining your tooth structure.
Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. They will then take an impression of your tooth so a dental technician can fabricate your restoration. Once it is ready, the inlay or onlay will be fitted and bonded to the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are a durable, attractive and affordable tooth restoration. If you would like to learn more about how they can restore you decayed or damaged tooth call East Barnet Village Dental Practice on 020 8441 4213.Back to treatments
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