Inlays & Onlays

Affordable dental inlays and onlays in Swansea 

If you have trouble with tooth decay and cavities, you may have come across “inlays and onlays” as a treatment option for you. 

Inlays and onlays are “indirect fillings” meaning they are placed outside the tooth as a solid piece that fits into the shape and size of the cavity. They are used when the tooth has experienced too much damage to support a filling but not so much damage that a crown is needed.

At Swansea Dental Practice, we offer inlays and onlays as a solution to large cavities in the back molars. Custom-made from the highest quality materials on the market, our inlays and onlays are made to last. We will restore the strength and functionality of your tooth in two short appointments.

Contact us on (02) 4971 1432 to book an appointment today.

What is the difference between inlays and onlays? 

The main difference between inlays and onlays is the amount of the tooth they cover, as well as the part of the tooth they cover. Dental inlays, for example, are fitted and moulded to the chewing area of the tooth that has been damaged via trauma or decay.

Onlays, on the other hand, are used to fix damage and deterioration to the cusps of the tooth as well as the biting surface. The cusps are the raised points on the tooth located on the edges near the tongue and cheeks.

Depending on the location and damage of the tooth, your dentist might recommend an inlay or onlay to help repair the tooth, restoring its full strength and structure. 

Are inlays and onlays better than fillings or crowns? 

Inlays and onlays are often compared (or used interchangeably) with fillings. These treatments are very similar — it involves removing the existing cavity with a drill and covering the empty space. However, that’s where the similarities end. 

With fillings, a composite resin or material is used to cover the area and is a quick process that can be completed in one appointment. Inlays and onlays, however, cover the empty space using a single piece that is made in a lab. They are also better than fillings in cases where the cavity is quite large, or the damage is excessive. 

Inlays and onlays are designed specifically for the shape and size of the tooth so bacteria and food can’t enter the space (leading to further decay). With this in mind, inlays and onlays have a lower chance of failing. 

When compared to dental crowns, inlays and onlays are considered a less “aggressive” treatment. Dental crowns cover the entire biting surface of the tooth above the gumline. Crowns are a better option when a large amount of the tooth needs to be removed.

What are inlays and onlays made from?

Because inlays and onlays can be created from tooth coloured materials, they are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who want a more natural-looking smile. Inlays and onlays are typically made of porcelain, composite resin or gold alloy.

We recommend porcelain or composite resin for a natural tooth colour and appearance.

Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory after your first consultation. We will match the colour of your new inlays or onlays to the natural colour of your teeth, so your treatment will blend seamlessly into your smile.

You will require a second appointment to have your new inlays or onlays applied to your teeth.

How are inlays and onlays applied?

If your dentist finds a large cavity in your tooth, they will prepare the tooth for an inlay or onlay by removing the damaged area. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to the dental laboratory where your inlay or onlay will be made.

In the meantime, we will insert a temporary filling to ensure your tooth is comfortable until your next appointment where we will fit your new inlay or onlay and cement it into place.

It’s a simple process but it will require two appointments.

Contact Swansea Dental Practice for a routine check-up today

Concerned about one (or more) of your teeth? Get in touch with our friendly and professional team on (02) 4971 1432 to make an appointment for a routine check-up. Our dentists can take a closer look at your teeth and determine if there are any cavities or signs of decay.

We take a minimalist approach to dental care, ensuring all patients receive high-quality dentistry at affordable prices (including inlays and onlays).

For the inlays and onlays Swansea has come to trust, contact us today.

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