Inlays and Onlays

Protect your smile from decay and damage with inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged area of a tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the tooth; an onlay is larger and sits on top of and slightly over a tooth.

When are they used?

Sometimes adult molars erupt with deep fissures or grooves on the inside of the tooth, and these grooves and actually trap food. This makes brushing food away extremely difficult and as such the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay greatly increases. When this damage does occur, inlays and onlays can be used to repair this biting surface and flatten it for heightened function.
Inlays and onlays are generally used to repair damage involving over half of the tooth’s biting surface. An inlay is generally used to repair damage on the inside of the tooth, such as tooth decay or cracks. An onlay is used to repair damage on the inside and outside of a tooth, where the damage has extended out over the cusp of the tooth. By using these treatments we can not only treat your teeth, we can help prevent further issues from occurring.

How will I know if I will need an inlay or onlay?

Generally, these treatments are used to restore the health and vitality of a tooth that has been affected by dental decay, cracks or chips. At Ironside Advanced Dental, we will assess the condition of your tooth prior to making any recommendations to ensure inlays or onlays are best for you. If we find damage that does not require a dental filling, inlays or onlays may be suggested to provide the best possible result to allow your teeth to remain healthy.

We use the highest quality materials

Our elite prosthodontist uses advanced materials for our restorative and general treatments. This allows our inlays and onlays to be bonded directly into the tooth with special resins and can actually improve the degraded strength of the tooth back towards normal. By strengthening the teeth we can actively prevent further damage to the tooth and protect it from future decay. With good care, your inlays or onlays can last up to 10 years!
Contact us today to discover more about our high quality inlays and onlays treatments offered at our Sydney CBD dental practice.