If your teeth are decayed or badly chipped, this not only affects your self-image but can negatively impact your life and the health of your teeth.
When it comes to achieving your perfect smile, dental inlays and onlays can offer the perfect solution. Like dental crowns, inlays and onlays are a way to restore teeth that are too badly decayed or chipped for fillings.
However, inlays and onlays are a much preferred and less damaging alternative to dental crowns, as they do not require a large amount of tooth structure to be removed to fit the crown.
Instead, inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit into your tooth cavity exactly and are bonded into place. This makes them strong, durable and hard-wearing, strengthening your teeth and allowing them to bear up to 75% more chewing force than before.
Inlays and onlays are not only strong, durable and easier to fit, but they also offer a more natural-looking solution for badly damaged and chipped teeth, helping you achieve your perfect smile for up to 30 years.
About Inlays and Onlays
How inlays and onlays are fitted
To fit inlays and onlays, your dentist will remove any remaining tooth decay and create an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent to the laboratory, which will create inlays and onlays that fit your teeth perfectly.
During and after treatment
While you wait for your inlays and onlays, your dentist will fit a temporary filling to wear and protect your teeth. Once ready, your inlays and onlays will be simply bonded to your teeth, letting you speak, eat and live your life as normal.
How Inlays and Onlays Work
- Inlays are bonded within the centre of the tooth, within the cusps (the raised points on your teeth) or rounded edges of your tooth.
- Onlays are the same as inlays, but they are used when the damage to your teeth covers one or more cusps and covers the entire chewing surface of your tooth.