Onlays and inlays are more than just tooth coloured fillings
They are a wonderful long term solution for enhancing teeth strength and appearance
“Onlays and inlays are a better option in hard to reach areas in the mouth. For example, if you have decay in a wisdom tooth or a back molar, where a normal white filling is hard to do, then an inlay or onlay is a more preferable option over a normal white filling, which might be more difficult to do in that location.”
Onlays and inlays are customised porcelain fillings that sit in or on the tooth. If the filling sits inside the tooth it is called an inlay. If it sits on the tooth, it is called an onlay. Inlays and onlays are the ideal option for the treatment of unsightly or cracked mercury or metal fillings.
Unlike regular fillings, which are produced while you’re visiting the dentist, onlays and inlays are made of porcelain and are produced at a specialised offsite laboratory. This means the measurement and placement of onlays and inlays occurs over two separate visits.
What’s the benefit of waiting? You enjoy a perfectly customised, strong, and visually pleasing addition to your mouth that is superior to, and has far more durability, than a regular filling.
Our patients often ask: when is an onlay or inlay a good option? That’s a good question and Dr Nimesh offers this guidance for patients considering this treatment pathway.
With the additional work involved in preparing onlays and inlays comes an additional cost, however the flexible payment options available to patients makes them worthy of consideration if long term durability and appearance are important to you.
Thinking that onlays or inlays could be for you?
Your next best move is to talk to Dr Nimesh to understand your options.
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