Inlays and onlays are the ideal solution for repairing broken teeth, disguising tooth decay and of course, to enhance your natural smile.
They can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth and profile and often affect our patients’ confidence for the better.
Inlays and onlays are a more permanent solution than white or metal fillings and offer an aesthetically striking result, blending in with the natural shades of your teeth.
At our Manchester dentistry, we have successfully fitted countless inlays and onlays, including for patients who have relatively large areas of tooth decay, but not enough to fit dental crowns.
Inlays are fillings that are constructed from an impression of your tooth. They are created in a specialist dental laboratory and will be cemented into place by your dentist. They sit in the cusps, or rounded edges, of your tooth.
Your dentist will use onlays to cover larger surface areas. They typically cover the tip of your tooth and can also stretch to one or more cusps, like inlays.
Inlays and onlays are composed of various materials. Your dentist will discuss which option best suits your needs, preferences and budget.
Composite Inlays and Onlays
Composites are made of a robust white resin, which is generally considered to be a stronger and more aesthetically pleasing option than traditional fillings.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are stronger and less likely to discolour than those made of composite resin. They therefore tend to be slightly higher in cost.
We can also make them from gold. In many ways, gold is an ideal material for their purpose and for longevity. However, as most visitors to our Manchester dentistry seek natural smiles, composite or porcelain versions are more popular.
Why Choose Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays require minimal preparation to fit to your natural teeth. With proper care, they are designed to last for years, if not decades.
They’re more cost-effective than crowns and we can typically cast and fit them in two sittings. The seal created during the process also lowers the risk of bacterial infections.
In addition, they save as much of a damaged tooth as possible and are designed to blend in with your natural tooth shade, offering you a flawless smile.