If you have suffered with tooth decay then you may require a filling to fill up the cavity. If the decay has progressed and decayed a large portion of the tooth surface, then a dental crown may be required to restore the tooth.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
The easiest way to explain this treatment, if a filling is not suitable to restore a tooth and it hasn't progressed enough to have a dental crown, then you may need an Inlay or Onlay. They bridge the gap between the two treatments.
Why Would I Need an Inlay and Onlay?
They type of decay these will be suitable for treating are:
- Moderate tooth decay (less serious decay will be suitable for fillings)
- Slight fracturing of teeth (serious cases would require dental crowns)
Often a tooth ache will be experienced and can be a tell tell sign that you may need an inlay/onlay. As a rule of thumb, when you start to feel pain, the problem will have progressed to the next stage, and there may of been early warning signs that can be spotted. We always recommend visiting your dentist on a regular basis so we can check the health of your teeth and spot any potential problems before pain starts to occur.
Will You Notice The Inlays and Onlays
We believe in natural dentistry and with the advances in modern dentistry we can use tooth colored materials to blend in restorations with your natural tooth color.
What Is The Average Lifespan of Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and Onlays are made out of a strong porcelain material, so they are long lasting. How long will vary from patient to patient, but there are two factors that can contribute to their lifespan:
- Good oral hygiene
- Not chewing too hard or clenching your teeth/grinding (ask us about bruxism and methods to treat this condition)
What Makes an Inlay Different to an Onlay
An Inlay is used to fill the internal structure (like a large filling) of the affected tooth and an Onlay are used to cover the tip of the tooth (like a small dental crown).
What To Do If Your Worried You May Need An Inlay/Onlay
We always recommend a simple call to our friendly reception team who will be able to book you in for a dental assessment. We need to check all of your teeth to see what the root cause of your concerns is and then we can discuss the various treatment options suitable.