Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are used when fillings are not a suitable solution. This is typically the case when a large amount of the tooth is lost due to injury or decay and tooth is very compromised. They are stronger than regular fillings and thus allow you to keep your tooth for longer. The other good thing is that they are made outside the mouth, and it is much easier to get a good contact with the teeth next door and the best contact with the opposite tooth.
Inlays fit into the tooth whereas onlays sit on top of the remaining tooth structure. Inlays and Onlays are generally made of ceramic, thus they are strong, but at the same time white in colour and mimics the colour of your natural teeth.
Inlays and onlays are made to fit your tooth exactly, thus they require two appointments. In the first appointment, a local anaesthetic is given to numb that particular tooth. The tooth is cleaned so that it is free from bacteria. An impression (mould) is taken of the tooth and sent to our lab technician who will make the inlay/onlay so that it fits your tooth precisely. A temporary will be made to cover your tooth in the meantime whilst the inlay/onlay is made. During this time there may be some sensitivity on the tooth, and we ask you to avoid chewing on the tooth.
The second appointment will be two to three weeks later. A local anaesthetic may be given to numb the tooth. The temporary is removed and the tooth is cleaned. After we have made sure the inlay/onlay fits your tooth exactly it will be cemented in place.