Long-lasting restorative solutions

If your teeth have areas of decay or damage that are just too large to be repaired with a normal filling, we can use an inlay or onlay to restore function and aesthetics.

Unlike conventional fillings, which are applied then and there in the dentist’s chair, these restorations are produced outside the mouth from an impression taken of the tooth. This ensures an accurate fit and gives excellent cosmetic results.

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Why have an inlay or onlay?

An inlay is fixed within a cavity, whereas an onlay covers one or more of the cusps of the tooth and can provide complete coverage of the biting surface, making them an effective way to protect teeth that have had root canal therapy.

Both inlays and onlays are conservative solutions to tooth damage as minimal preparation is required prior to their placement. Other benefits include:

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Living with inlays and onlays

As inlays and onlays are stable restorations, designed to fit your tooth perfectly, they can be easy to keep clean and withstand strong chewing forces.

Their durability makes them a particularly long-lasting solution to more extensive tooth damage. Inlays and onlays made from composite or porcelain are a good alternative to a large silver filling, especially on molar teeth.

Frequently asked questions
1 How long do inlays and onlays last?

Inlays and onlays are generally regarded as a long-term solution for restoring your teeth. Generally, they would be expected to last a similar number of years to dental crowns. This is usually around 10-15 years, provided you have good oral hygiene.

2 How do I look after my inlays and onlays?

You should look after your inlays and onlays in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. Make sure you brush and floss daily and visit the dentist for routine appointments to ensure your restoration is secure and strong.

3 Will I be able to eat normally with inlays and onlays?

Immediately after having your inlays and onlays fitted, you should take care when eating and avoid eating hard foods. However, you are able to resume eating normally after a few days.

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