The professional team at The Dental Practice in Burwood takes an individual approach to every patient. Not all treatments suit every tooth and we use our experience to determine the best treatment for you.
Inlays and Onlays are a type of restoration used to repair and strengthen damaged teeth. Inlays or Onlays are used instead of normal white fillings when a stronger, more resilient solution is required and are a more conservative option than a crown.
- An inlay is a restoration which lies inside the cusps of the tooth
- An onlay is generally larger and covers one or more cusps of the tooth
Inlays and Onlays are made in a dental laboratory from tooth coloured materials such as porcelain or other resin based materials, however, sometimes gold is recommended due to its strength.
Inlays and onlays are an ideal solution to restore your tooth as close as possible to its original strength and appearance. There are many reasons why inlays and onlays will be recommended to you by the team. Most commonly, because you have one or more of the following problems:
- Large cavities or decay
- A tooth with cracks in it
- Large amalgam fillings which are failing
- Teeth that require strength due to heavy biting force
Inlays and onlays are different to resin fillings done while you are sitting in the chair as they bond to the tooth and are custom made in a laboratory. The materials used to make inlays and onlays are stronger than other white filling materials.
Another difference when comparing inlays and onlays to other fillings is the amount of tooth structure which needs to be removed during preparation. As inlays and onlays are bonded to the tooth there is no need to cut away excessive amounts of the tooth.
Many patients are now choosing to have their amalgam fillings replaced with these tooth coloured options. Inlays and onlays are the ideal solution for replacing old fillings as they will strengthen your teeth and enhance the look of your smile.
Caring or your inlay or onlay is just as important as for your natural teeth. Although the restorations are made from the highest quality materials, your natural teeth and surrounding gums can still develop plaque and tartar build-up which could lead to gum disease.
An at-home at home oral care routine and attending active maintenance appointments with The Dental Practice team of hygienists who will keep your teeth and gums healthy and add to the long-term success of your inlay and onlay.