Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays help to restore areas of decay that may be too big to repair with a normal filling and are created from an impression taken of the tooth. They are fixed firmly in place and provide an unnoticeable repair as they are made from tough tooth-coloured materials such as porcelain or composite resin.
An inlay is placed within a cavity, whereas an onlay is used to cover one or more cusps or the whole biting surface of the tooth.
How they help
- restore teeth affected by larger areas of decay
- offer a hardwearing and long-lasting repair
- ensure more of the natural tooth is preserved
Looking after your inlay or onlay
Inlays and onlays are a very effective way to repair large cavities as they fit perfectly in or over the tooth, providing superior protection and the ability to withstand strong chewing forces.
As an inlay or onlay is tailored to fit, they can be easier to keep clean than other restorations. When properly maintained, by thoroughly cleaning and attending regular check-ups, they can last for years.