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Inlays and Onlays bridge the gap between fillings and full dental crowns.
If the tooth decay is beyond the use of a filling but not quite in need of a crown then Inlays and Onlays are the perfect solution.
Inlays are used internally to fill the affected tooth, similar to a filling. Onlays are used externally to cover the cusp or tip of the tooth.
They can be used to treat moderate tooth/teeth decay and slight tooth/teeth fracture, again depending on the individual case a white filling or dental crown may be more appropriate.
During your free consultation your dentist will assess you current dental health. They will then explain the treatment options that are available to you and which would be most suitable, answering any questions or queries you might have about the procedures.
If an Inlay or Onlay is the best option then the procedure is simple and you will feel minimal discomfort. Your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing any decay. An impression of the affected area will then be taken and sent to a dental laboratory to be custom engineered for you. Once the custom Inlays/Onlays have arrived the dentist will simply fit them to the affected teeth, providing you with complete protection.
Both Inlays and Onlays are designed to be long lasting however certain factors can affect the products lifespan, principally: your oral hygiene regime and forceful chewing.
Inlays and Onlays can be made to blend in with your natural tooth colour, making the treatment very discreet.