These fittings are made in a laboratory, using impressions taken from your teeth. Once all decay has been removed and impressions taken, a dentist will fit the inlay or onlay over the top.
They are a type of filling which is suitable for reconstructing larger areas of tooth than composite fillings. Inlays are smaller, intended to restore part of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays are larger and can cover the biting surface s of a tooth.
Traditionally, many inlays and onlayswere made of gold, which is a hard and long-lasting material. However, nowadays patients prefer porcelain which matches the colour and texture of your other teeth.
You may initially be given a temporary filling while a technician produces the inlay or onlay, as this can take up to 2 weeks. Once ready, you will be called in to see the dentist to fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth using a special adhesive. This will help to restore your natural bite and protect the remaining tooth below, lasting many years if well maintained.
If your tooth has suffered extensive damage or decay, a composite filling may be unsuitable for reconstructing your biting surface. Your dentist might recommend an inlay or onlayin order to improve the function and look of your teeth.
These fittings can help to protect the tooth below and save a damaged tooth.
Costs vary depending on the exact requirements of the patient, with prices starting at £418.
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