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Dental Inlays and Onlays Sydney
Protect your smile from decay and damage with inlays and onlays.
- Partial crowns
- ¾ crowns
An inlay is used to repair damage on the inside of the tooth, while an onlay is used to repair damage on the inside and outside of a tooth. This not only treats your teeth, but helps to prevent further issues from occurring.
When are they used?
Sometimes adult molars erupt with deep fissures or grooves on the inside of the tooth, and these grooves and actually trap food. This makes brushing food away extremely difficult and as such the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay greatly increases. When this damage does occur, inlays and onlays can be used to repair this biting surface and flatten it for heightened function.
“You want to keep as much of the natural tooth as possible”
Professor Jim Ironside
How will I know if I will need an inlay or onlay?
Generally, these treatments are used to restore the health and vitality of a tooth that has been affected by dental decay, cracks or chips.
Inlays and onlays are generally used to repair damage involving over half of the tooth’s biting surface. An inlay is generally used to repair damage on the inside of the tooth, such as tooth decay or cracks. An onlay is used to repair damage on the inside and outside of a tooth, where the damage has extended out over the cusp of the tooth. By using these treatments we can not only treat your teeth, we can help prevent further issues from occurring.
At Ironside Advanced Dental, we will assess the condition of your tooth prior to making any recommendations to ensure inlays or onlays are best for you. If we find damage that does not require a dental filling, inlays or onlays may be suggested to provide the best possible result to allow your teeth to remain healthy.
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Frequently asked questions about inlays and onlays
What is the difference between an inlay and onlay?
Inlays are designed to repair the tooth’s surface. This is a technique used when there is decay within the cusps of the tooth.
Onlays repairs more extensive areas. Also referred to as a partial crown, onlays are designed to treat a much larger area and are used on the biting surface, extending over one or more cusps across the tooth.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
Significantly stronger than normal fillings, inlays and onlays can:
- Restore large cavities
- Replace fillings
- Look very natural
- Be a more conservative approach in comparison to getting a crown
How durable are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are known to be quite durable. With proper care and frequent check-ups, they can last up to 10 years.