Dental inlays, overlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. The inlay or onlay are cemented into place after having been molded in a laboratory. The inlay or onlay blends successfully with the treated tooth and the rest of the teeth to achieve a natural, uniform appearance.
Dental inlays and onlays are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the top edge of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are durable and functional. They help strengthen and prolong the tooth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.
What are Inlays Onlays
Inlays are a type of filling where dental material is bonded into the centre of the tooth. This procedure is an in-house treatment.
Onlays are more extensive and extend over the cusps of the treated tooth. These are prepared in the dental laboratory.
When should the inlay or onlay treatment be used?
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.
- Consultation and X-Ray
- Local anaesthetic
- Damaged part of tooth is removed
- Area is cleaned and surface prepared for restoration process
For inlays only
For the continuation of the onlay treatment
- Precise impressions are taken to create new onlay
- Tooth is temporarily restored
- Onlay is manufactured in the laboratory