For cases of decay and damage that are too extensive for fillings, we can create porcelain inlays or onlays to restore shape, appearance and functionality to your tooth.
Inlays replacing amalgam fillings. Image taken immediately after treatment so there is still a little bleeding
Inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings) can be used to restore areas of decay or damage and can provide a less invasive, more affordable alternative to a crown. A long-lasting restorative solution, they are usually placed in teeth at the back of the mouth or can be used to repair large areas on the front teeth.
Unlike a filling, inlays and onlays are created 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.
What does the treatment involve?
We first treat the area with a local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort. We then remove any areas of decay or old fillings and the tooth is cleaned.
An impression is taken and this is used by a dental laboratory to create the inlay or onlay so it will exactly match the area to be filled. A temporary restoration is fitted so the prepared cavity can be protected while the inlay or onlay is being made.
When ready, the inlay or onlay is checked for fit and comfort, and then fixed permanently in place with a strong dental adhesive.