Inlays & Onlays

Overview of Inlays & Onlays

 Inlays and Onlays are made outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth using dental cement. They are considered more durable than regular fillings and can provide a more natural-looking restoration that blends in with the surrounding teeth.
Inlays and Onlays are types of dental restorations used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They are custom-made to fit the specific needs of each patient and are considered more durable and natural-looking than traditional fillings. Consult with a qualified dental professional to determine if inlays or onlays are the right treatment option for you.

How Inlays and Onlays Can Help Preserve Your Teeth

Composite resin fillings are great for repairing small and medium-sized areas of decay but they may not quite be strong or hard wearing enough for larger cavities affecting the back teeth and for chewing food. If you do have a large cavity in a back tooth, we will suggest repairing it with a porcelain inlay or onlay. The porcelain used is very strong and is precision made to exactly fit the cavity.

The Difference between an Inlay and an Onlay

Inlays are slightly smaller than onlays and are fabricated to fill cavities that only affect the central part of the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. Onlays are a little larger as they can repair not only the central part of the chewing surface, but also one or more of the cusps which are the raised points on edges nearest to your cheeks and your tongue.

To make an inlay or onlay, our dentist in Dee Why will first prepare the tooth, removing all the decay and carefully shaping the cavity. Next, a detailed impression is taken and sent to our dental laboratory so your new restoration will precisely fit the cavity. Once the restoration is ready, you can return to our dental practice for fitting, at which stage it will be permanently bonded in place and should be virtually invisible.

For more information, please call us on (02) 9971 8992 or visit the practice at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099.

Frequently Asked Questions

Inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations that are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. Inlays are used to repair the chewing surface of a tooth, while onlays are used to repair the chewing surface and one or more of the cusps (points) of a tooth.

Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. The choice of material will depend on the location and extent of the damage, as well as your personal preferences.

The process of placing inlays and onlays typically involves two appointments with your dentist. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing any decayed or damaged tissue and taking impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where your custom inlay or onlay will be fabricated. At the second appointment, your dentist will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth using a special dental adhesive.

Inlays and onlays offer several advantages over traditional fillings, including greater strength and durability, better protection for the natural tooth structure, and a more natural appearance. They can also be used to repair larger areas of damage or decay than traditional fillings.

The lifespan of inlays and onlays can vary depending on a number of factors, including the material used, the quality of the bonding process, and how well you care for your teeth. In general, inlays and onlays can last up to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

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