Cosmetic Dental Services

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a type of dental fillings that dentists use to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. What makes this material distinct from the regular filling material is that it is premade outside the mouth. While fillings are bonded directly onto the tooth, indirect fillings are made in one piece then transferred on the tooth. 

The difference between inlays and onlays in London is the coverage of their restoration. There are cases which only need to restore a certain portion of the tooth. If the tooth only needs filling on the pits and fissures which are in between the cusps, that’s inlays. Onlays are used if there are one or more cusps that needs restoration. Furthermore, if most of the tooth surface is damaged, your dentist will recommend crowns. 

Before, inlays and onlays are only made of gold. Although that type of material guarantees durability, it’s aesthetically unpleasant. Due to patients’ demand that there are more options in choosing the filling materials, dentistry considered it. Today, patients may prefer amalgam, composite, porcelain or ceramic. 

Porcelain and ceramic inlays and onlays in London are popular as it matches the natural sheen of your teeth. It could copy a real tooth in color and shapes with mad-made crevices. It will be hard to notice if that patient had a restoration. The material is also quite durable and is suitable for back molars. Inlays and onlays that are made of porcelain could resist stains so it doesn’t easily wear down in both structure in appearance. With proper care and consistent visit to your dentist, this dental restoration may last for more than 10 or 15 years. 

It might be difficult for you to determine if your tooth needs crown or inlays and onlays in London. That’s why it’s always best to consult your dentist who has the expertise in helping you improve your smile function and looks.

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