Cosmetic Dentistry » Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are two types of restorations that your dentist can suggest if you have a cavity in your tooth that needs to be filled. An inlay is a small filling that fits into the biting surface of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities. Traditionally gold had been used to make inlays and onlays because it is a hard material and lasts for a long time.
With modern dentistry, tooth-coloured porcelain is used and gives the restored tooth a more natural look, which many patients prefer.
Inlays and onlays can be made in a dental laboratory by a technician. With the dentist taking impressions of your teeth . While these are being made, you will wear a temporary filling. When your inlay or onlay is ready your dentist will remove the temporary filling and glue the piece into it's place using a special adhesive glue.
Thanks to advances in digital technology called ( CAD/CAM) porcelain inlays can be made at the dental practice using a special milling machine known as CEREC.
This means you will need less visits to the dentist to have your tooth restored
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