“Much stronger than traditional fillings and are used in cases of particularly severe tooth decay or trauma where a standard filling just would not suffice.”
When do you need Inlays / Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations (fabricated by a laboratory) which are used to restore a tooth that has lost a significant amount of its structure. They are stronger than traditional fillings and are used for cases of particularly severe decay or trauma where a standard filling would not suffice. Issues with the exterior of the tooth can warrant an onlay, whereas interior problems may warrant an inlay. They can be made of metal or porcelain and require 2 visits to the clinic following an initial examination.
- Broken/fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Missing tooth structure
- Large fillings
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
Inlays are very strong and will work when a filling just wont do. They are less likely to crumble and chip compared to a standard filling.
Just because your tooth has suffered severe trauma, a crown isn’t always the correct solution. Sometimes a filling just wont do, but an inlay will provide the strength needed.
Inlays can be completed in only 2 visits to the dental practice.