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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings) can be used to restore areas of more extensive decay, damage or wear that are too large to be treated with a normal filling, and can offer a less invasive and 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 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 when a 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 is not an option, gold can be used to provide a particularly durable restoration.


Treatment steps


Inlays and onlays are very stable restorations that will 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 kept properly maintained, with effective cleaning and regular check-ups, inlays and onlays can last for years.

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