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Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8BR
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Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a type of filling constructed outside of the mouth (usually by a laboratory) and cemented onto the tooth. They are usually stronger than normal fillings and are often used to provide an aesthetic alternative to metal fillings or crowns. If you have very large amalgams that you wish to replace, then your dentist may recommend having an inlay or onlay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gold Inlays & Onlays

Advantages:-

Very strong and less likely to break than other fillings and inlays/onlays

Similar wear rate to natural tooth enamel and therefore less likely to wear opposing teeth than porcelain

The gold content of the crown alloys a very close fit to be achieve to the underlying tooth

Disadvantages:-

Appearance can be an issue for some people

High cost due to gold content

Composite Inlays & Onlays

Advantages:-

The optimal choice for aesthetics with less tooth preparation than for porcelain

Disadvantages:-

Composite is weaker than gold or porcelain and not suitable for all cases

More technique-dependent to place

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

Advantages:-

Good aesthetics can be achieved with less tooth preparation than a crown

Disadvantages:-

Porcelain can fracture

More abrasive on opposing teeth than gold

After an initial consultation with you to discuss your options, the process of placing inlays and onlays is usually spread over two appointments:

  • Appointment 1: We numb your tooth and remove any decay. Next, we prepare the cavity to receive the inlay, before taking an impression of it. This is used by our lab to custom-make your new inlay (or onlay). Before you go, we also place a temporary restoration on the tooth.
  • Appointment 2: We may need to numb your tooth again to remove the temporary restoration and bond or cement the new one into place. After this is done, you can walk out with a newly restored smile!
Contact us to find out how Inlays & Onlays could help you
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