Inlay and Onlays

Do you have a damaged or decayed tooth? Inlays and Onlays could be the ideal solution for you. These versatile dental restorations are designed to restore both form and function of your natural teeth, giving you a healthy and beautiful smile.

They are often used when a tooth has a cavity or damage that is too extensive for a simple filling but not severe enough that a full crown is needed.

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  • Inlays are used when the damage or decay is contained within the cusp (tips) of the tooth.
  • They are custom-made to fit precisely within the prepared area.
  • Inlays are typically made from materials like porcelain, composite resin or gold for durability and a more natural appearance.

Teeth that are heavily filled with large silver fillings are at risk of fracturing. These can be rebuilt with colour-matched porcelain Inlays/Onlays, preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure and enhancing their appearance.

Inlay and Onlays are durable and may last for longer than 10 years, provided that good oral hygiene is maintained.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays can offer several key benefits including:

  • Tooth Preservation: They help to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Less tooth structure is removed compared to crowns.
  • Durability: Inlays and onlays are known for their strength and longevity, providing lasting protection.
  • Customisation: These dental restorations are tailor-made to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless, natural appearance.
  • Prevents future problems: By maintaining your tooth’s integrity, inlays and onlays reduce the risk of future dental issues.
  • Versatile Materials: They can be made from various materials allowing you to choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • Functional Restoration: They provide great functional support and can help strengthen a weakened tooth.

Our Inlays and Onlays Treatment Process

Here is our simple process for getting inlays and onlays:

  • Step 1
    Schedule an appointment at our dental clinic with one of our experienced dentists.
  • Step 2
    Our dentist will then examine your teeth to check if an inlay or onlay is necessary and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
  • Step 3
    Next, our dentist will take impressions of the affected teeth to create a custom inlay or onlay.
  • Step 4
    While your inlay or onlay is fabricated, your dentist will clean and prepare the affected tooth.
  • Step 5
    Once the inlay or onlay is complete, your dentist will place it on the affected tooth and ensure it fits correctly and securely.
  • Step 6
    Our dentist will then bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth using a special adhesive.
  • Step 7
    Finally, our dentist will polish the new restoration to ensure a smooth and natural look.

After the treatment, our dentist will give you instructions on caring for your new restoration and schedule a check-up appointment to ensure that everything is healing correctly.

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Cost of Inlays and Onlays

The cost of Inlays and Onlays can vary depending on several factors, including the number of restorations needed, materials used, and any other prior dental treatments needed.

It’s vital to consult with one of our dentists to get a more accurate cost estimate based on your unique condition. We will thoroughly assess your dental needs and provide you with the best treatment solution

Enhance Your Oral Health with High-Quality Dental Care at Melton Dental

At Melton Dental, your oral health is our top-most priority. Our modern clinic is equipped with the latest technology to provide you with the highest quality of care. Our dedicated staff, including our highly skilled dentists, are here to ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your entire visit with us.

We offer a comprehensive range of dental services from general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry to children’s dentistry, dental implants, root canal treatment and much more. Your smile and oral health matters to us and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain the healthy beautiful smile you deserve. Schedule an appointment with us today!