Inlays & Onlays

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are two types of restorations that your dentist can suggest if you have a cavity in your tooth that needs to be filled. An inlay is a small filling that fits into the biting surface of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities. For many years, gold has been used to make inlays and onlays because it is a hard material and lasts for a long time. Nowadays, tooth-coloured porcelain is also used and gives the restored tooth a more natural look, which many patients prefer.

Inlays and onlays can be made in a dental laboratory by a technician, with the help of impressions taken of your teeth. While these are being made, you will wear a temporary filling. When your inlay or onlay is ready your dentist will glue it into place using a special adhesive, after removing the temporary filling.

Thanks to advances in digital technology (called CAD/CAM) porcelain inlays can be made at the dental practice using a special milling machine known as CEREC. This means you will need less visits to the dentist to have your tooth restored.

Covid-19 Information

Dentist on the Green dental care team would like to thank all our patients for their understanding and support, whilst we have had to close the practice during the lockdown period.
Although we will have to do things differently since we have re-opened the practice, you will be pleased to know, that behind the masks and visors, we are still the same friendly team of dental care professionals.
Please be assured we are following all PHE patient safety guidelines including :-

A)  Covid screening
B)  Social distancing
C)  Sanitiser use
D)  Longer appointments
E)  Full PPE

The presence of the Covid-19 virus means that we have to do things differently, in order keep our patients and team members in the best of health.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.