In cases where there is too much tooth missing to fill the tooth directly, you may be offered an inlay or onlay. These are similar to a filling but an impression is taken and the inlay or onlay is then made in a laboratory and cemented into place by your dentist. Whilst your inlay or onlay is being made, you will have a temporary filling to protect the tooth.
One significant benefit of an inlay or only treatment, as opposed toa crown, is that they require less filing down of tooth tissue and can be made of many different materials. The most aesthetically pleasing material ceramic.
The process of fitting your onlay/inlay
Depending on the extent of the repair required, in some cases, the full top surface of the tooth is removed. A full onlay is then produced to replace the biting surface.
Inlay or Onlay –What’s the Difference?
An inlay sits in the tooth where a cavity is too large to fill with a general filling. The inlay used to is created to the exact shape and size of the cavity in the tooth and cemented in place. The inlay does not cover the cusp of the tooth.
On the other hand, an onlay covers the cusp of the tooth, as well as the top of the tooth. In comparison to a crown, less of the tooth structure needs to be removed for an onlay to be put in place. The special shape of an onlay protects the tooth from damage while retaining as much of the tooth as possible.
If you would like to find out more about inlay or onlay treatment, please call our friendly team today on 0161 773 7080.