Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay. They can also be used to repair cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. They can be made from porcelain, composite resin or gold; and are often used to replace unsightly metal fillings.
Why would I need a dental inlay or onlay?
Dental inlays and onlays are used when a patient has too much damage or decay in their tooth to be successfully treated with a filling, but have a sufficiently healthy tooth to avoid the need for a crown. They are also used when old metal fillings need to be removed or replaced.
They help patients rectify the following dental health problems:
Cracked fractured teeth
Old fillings that need replacing
What’s the procedure and cost?
The use of dental inlays and onlays requires less drilling of a patient’s tooth than a metal filling, allowing the dentist to preserve more of the original tooth structure.
A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the top edges of the tooth. A dental onlay extends over the cusps of the tooth in question. During treatment the dentist removes the old fillings under local anaesthetic and takes an impression of the tooth. The new dental inlay or onlay is then made from this mould in porcelain, composite resin or gold.
At the next appointment, the patient’s inlay or onlay is then cemented into place, blending in with the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental inlays and onlays have other advantages too:
Dental inlays and onlays are made from tough and hard-wearing materials which can last up to 30 years
They help to strengthen teeth by up to 75 per cent, unlike traditional metal fillings which can actually reduce the strength of the teeth by up to 50 per cent
Having inlays and onlays prolongs the life of the teeth and prevents the need for more dental treatment in the future
The cost of dental inlays and onlays vary from between £600 to £2,000, depending on the extent of treatment and materials used. Our team of patient co-ordinators are on hand to help you find the most competitive price.
Pre-requisites for treatment
Ideal candidates for dental inlay or onlay work typically have mild to moderate tooth decay. A qualified dentist will be able to advise a patient on what treatment they need.
If you’d like to find out more about dental inlays and onlays and whether it is a suitable treatment for you, please get in touch with one of our patient co-ordinators who will be happy to discuss your requirements.