At Horsley Dental we use Inlays and Onlays to restore decayed or fractured teeth, particularly those found towards the back of the mouth. They are a very effective solution when the damage to the tooth is too great to be repaired by a filling yet not great enough for it to be replaced with a whole new crown.
Sometimes referred to as partial crowns, Dental Inlays and Onlays are made from a composite or ceramic material. Inlays are used to repair damage in the recess in the middle of the tooth between the cusps. Onlays, on the other hand, are used to repair damage to the cusps themselves and their outer surface.
Dental Inlays and Onlays are very strong and are durable enough to last for many years. The result looks very natural as the material used can be coloured to the same shade as the natural teeth. They are particularly suitable for the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, though in some cases they can also be used for repairs to the front teeth.
At the initial consultation appointment your dentist will assess if Dental Inlays or Onlays are appropriate for you. The procedure will be fully explained and you will have the opportunity to discuss the results you would like to achieve and ask any questions you may have. The treatment itself is normally split over two visits to the practice. Impressions of the damaged tooth are taken of the first appointment and these are then sent away to a special laboratory where the bespoke Inlay or Onlay is created. These are then fitted at the second appointment before being polished and cleaned to achieve the final result.
If you think that Inlays and Onlays might be for you, please call our reception on 01483 281 414 to arrange a consultation. To find out how much Inlays and Onlays cost at Horsley Dental, please visit our Fees page to see our latest prices.