Inlays & Onlays

Too damaged for a filling but healthy enough to avoid a crown – inlays and onlays are a simple and effective treatment for tooth decay or broken and chipped teeth.

What’s the difference between an inlay and onlay?

An inlay is used when the cavity or damage is too significant for a simple filling. It sits in the middle of your tooth to fill the hole. An onlay is a slightly larger restoration that partially covers the cusp (outer edge) of your tooth.

What’s the process of getting an inlay or onlay?

Depending on your circumstances we may need to remove any old dental work first. We’ll then take an impression of the damaged tooth or teeth, and from here we’ll be able to create an inlay or onlay from porcelain, metal or composite resin. We’ll then attach this to your tooth and the end result will be a totally natural looking health tooth!

Shouldn’t I just get a crown?

At Your Dentist Darwin we prefer to keep your teeth intact and restore only the unhealthy or unstable parts of your teeth. This ensures you’re utilising the best bits of your teeth and only undergoing the procedures you actually need. A crown is only necessary when the damage is too substantial for an onlay.

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