These are alternatives to full dental crowns and large fillings. They replace part of a tooth rather than the entire tooth. Often damaged teeth or failing fillings have good healthy remaining tooth structure which can be used instead of being cut away. Inlays sit within teeth whilst onlays sit on top of a tooth and replace its shape and anatomy.
They are laboratory made which means that a temporary restoration is required whilst they are being fabricated.
With the advances of modern dentistry in particular adhesive dentistry, we are able to restore teeth that would previously have required major work such as root canal treatment and full crowns. In turn, inlays and onlays are far less destructive than full crowns. This is tune with our principle of minimal intervention. They can be made in gold or highly aesthetic porcelain, which is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth. Gold may be the material of choice in areas of heavy load or if someone grinds their teeth. Inlays and onlays also have distinct benefits over large fillings such as:
If you have been told you need crowns, please contact us and we will assess whether inlays or onlays are suitable for you.