An inlay is a small filling that our Shoreham dentists can fit onto the biting surface of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities.
For many years, gold has been used to make inlays and onlays because it is a hard material and lasts for a long time. Nowadays, tooth-coloured porcelain is also used and gives the restored tooth a more natural look, which many of our patients prefer.
Inlays and onlays can be made in a dental laboratory by a technician, with the help of impressions taken of your teeth. While these are being made, you will wear a temporary filling. When your inlay or onlay is ready your dentist will glue it into place using a special adhesive.
An alternative treatment for restoring teeth that have broken or been weakened by decay is a crown.
Following my recent extensive overlay, crown and bridge treatment, I wanted to let you know that I am one satisfied patient! I have always found the service at Church House Dental Practice to be excellent, and it continues to be so.