Composite fillings, often referred to as tooth-colored fillings, have grown in popularity due to their natural appearance, making them almost indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth. These fillings are ideal for addressing small to medium-sized cavities, blending seamlessly with the tooth’s natural color and ensuring that any repair or restoration is virtually invisible to the naked eye.

However, teeth undergo a significant amount of stress, especially during chewing. For moderately large restorations where more of the tooth structure is compromised, a mere composite filling might not provide the required strength to endure these forces over the long term. In such situations, it’s imperative to opt for a solution that can better withstand the pressure and provide the tooth with more support and longevity.

This is where inlays and onlays come into play. Both inlays and onlays are custom-made and typically crafted from durable materials, such as porcelain or gold. While inlays fit within the cusps (or bumps) on the chewing surface of a tooth, onlays extend over one or more cusps, providing more extensive coverage. Their design ensures that they provide the necessary strength to a tooth that’s significantly damaged or decayed, ensuring it remains functional and maintains its structural integrity for years to come.

At our practice, we prioritize the long-term health and functionality of your teeth. Therefore, when faced with a situation where a composite filling might not suffice, we will recommend the more robust option of an inlay or onlay, ensuring that your teeth remain strong and resilient against the everyday pressures they encounter.

Inlays

Porcelain Inlays are also colour matched they are stronger than composite fillings and saves more tooth structure than crowns. They are used in cases where back teeth are moderately damage. Inlays are cemented into place and are contained within the cusp tips of the tooth. A special cement is used to increase the bonding strength.

Onlays

Made of the same material as inlays. Used to protect fracture damaged teeth from further damage, they are also matched to the colour of your teeth. They extend over the cusp of the teeth and also save more tooth structure than crown. An onlay is much stronger than any filling material and actually increases the strength.

What’s involved in having an inlay or onlay

The fitting of inlays and onlays requires 2 visits.

Initial visit

  • The old filling and decay is removed, clean and the surface of tooth prepared for the new restoration.
  • Impression taken and sent to the dental laboratory, so we can construct a custom-made inlay or onlay
  • Temporary filling is done while we wait for the laboratory to construct the restoration

Second visit

  • Temporary filling removed
  • Inlay or onlay are fitted and cemented

Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

  • Strength is the major advantage
  • Tooth colour
  • Durable and with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits they will last over 10 years.
  • An alternative to complex crowns

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
10/10/2023
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
23/06/2023
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
29/03/2023
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
29/03/2023
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
23/03/2023
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
08/03/2023
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
14/02/2023
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
04/02/2023
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.