For more extensively damaged teeth, we offer inlays and onlays.
These are used to help repair a tooth where a filling isn’t enough. Inlays and onlays are custom made from a variety of materials by a dental technician in the dental laboratory.
Unlike a filling, inlays and onlays are created outside the mouth from an impression taken of the tooth. An inlay is cemented within the cavity and an onlay covers more of the tooth for when the repair needs to include one or more cusps (the points of the tooth), or fully cover the biting surface. They are made from hardwearing materials, including porcelain and composite resin, and if aesthetics are not an issue, gold can be used to provide a particularly durable restoration.
Inlays and onlays are very stable restorations that fit a damaged tooth perfectly to provide superior protection and the ability to withstand stronger chewing forces. The affected tooth requires minimal preparation and, as the inlay or onlay is tailored to fit, they can be easier to keep clean than other restorations. When properly maintained, with effective cleaning and regular check-ups, inlays and onlays can last for years.
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