Where a large cavity has developed on one of the back teeth, we use inlays or onlays to repair and restore the damage.
These dental treatments offer more support than a filling and can be used on the larger surface of your back teeth. Once applied, you can eat and chew with more confidence and with less risk of decay and fracture.
What is an inlay?
Inlays are used to fill large cavities or to repair the chewing surface of a back tooth. Your back teeth are more prone to developing cavities as they often have deep fissures or grooves on the surface which can trap plaque and food.
Before an inlay is applied, your dentist will prepare the affected tooth to remove any decay or damage. An impression will then be taken of the tooth so it can be sent to our dental laboratory. There, the inlay will be built from porcelain or precious metal and fitted at your next visit.
What is an onlay?
An onlay is similar to an inlay. However, it is slightly larger and can repair a back tooth’s chewing surface as well as the tooth cusps (the raised points of a tooth).
Your tooth will be carefully prepared, and an impression will be taken so that our laboratory can build your onlay out of porcelain or precious metal. We will then be ready to fit the onlay in place, restoring the damage and appearance of the tooth.
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