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DENTAL INLAYS & ONLAYS

At Walton Dental Surgery, we strive to give you the very best in general dentistry treatments. We place dental inlays and onlays to help treat dental cavities, so you can enjoy food without pain.

WHAT IS A DENTAL INLAY?

Dental inlay is used for repairing the larger chewing surface on the teeth at the back of one’s mouth. Inlays are also used for repairing larger cavities in a tooth.

A tooth is first prepared for a dental inlay. Impressions of the affected tooth are made and passed on to our dental laboratory. Once the inlay is ready, we ask you to visit us again so we can fit the tailor-made inlay onto your tooth. The inlays can be made from gold or porcelain, based on your preference. Between appointments, whilst you are waiting for the inlay, we apply temporary filling to your tooth.

WHAT IS A DENTAL ONLAY?

Dental onlays are similar to dental inlays with the exception that they are bigger in size. Onlays are used to repair cavities that are in the central part of the chewing surface in a tooth. Onlays are also used to repair tooth cusps.

The procedure for creating a bespoke onlay is the same as for dental inlays.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DENTAL INLAYS, DENTAL ONLAYS AND FILLINGS?

Fillings are used for treating small areas of tooth decay. In contrast, inlays and onlays are used to repair larger tooth cavities for restoring a tooth to its original functionality. Inlays and onlays can be made to have the same colour as your teeth (if you decide not to go for gold) and they are used when the severity of a tooth decay is not so large that a dental crown needs to be used.

ADVANTAGES OF INLAYS AND ONLAYS

  • Inlays and onlays can be colour matched with your tooth to be unnoticeable.
  • Inlays and onlays are meant to preserve as much of your original tooth material as possible.
  • They protect against teeth staining.
  • They are long-lasting and robust.
  • They are very useful for repairing cavities between the teeth that are difficult to access.
  • By filling in any cracks or covering damaged tooth, they protect against bacteria that cause plaque.