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All You Need To Know About Inlays and Onlays

If a tooth is so decayed that a filling isn’t possible, but not at the point where a crown is considered necessary, then your dentist in Southend might suggest an inlay or onlay as the best option.

What exactly is an inlay or onlay?

Inlays and onlaysInlays and onlays are used in place of a filling to restore teeth that are badly decayed. They’re quite different to fillings in several ways

  • They’re extremely durable and last longer than a filling
  • They require less of the damaged tooth to be removed than with a traditional filling
  • They’re custom made in a laboratory just for you
  • Made from porcelain or composite resin which can be colour matched to your other teeth, they result in a seamless finish

How does an inlay differ from an onlay?

Inlays and onlays are used to restore back teeth and the difference relates to the amount of coverage and where they’re placed. An inlay, for example is used to restore damage to the biting surface within the cusp. (The cusp is the shaped structure on the top of back teeth which holds food for chewing). Onlays, on the other hand, are used to restore more excessive damage which may have extended beyond one or two cusps. For this reason, they’re also referred to a partial crowns.

How are they fitted?

The treatment normally requires just two visits to the dental clinic. The first visit will entail your Southend dentist removing all of the decay and old filling. Then an impression will be taken for sending to the dental laboratory and you’ll be fitted with a temporary filling. At your return visit, the dentist will remove your temporary filling and cement your inlay or onlay into place.

Inlays and onlays are the path way to a beautiful smile and can be used to restore cavities and maintain your natural smile. You can even ask your dentist to replace any silver fillings that you may have with inlays and onlays. If you’re looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile, then they’re a great option of cosmetic dentistry. In Southend at Southend Dental Care we’re always happy at the reaction we get from patients on seeing their inlay or onlay for the first time. It really does offer a smile makeover which will fill you with confidence. Why not call us today on 01702 465000 or contact us via our website at to book a consultation. Trust us to put the smile back on your face.

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