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Inlays and Onlays Brentwood, Essex

When a cavity is very large we will advise you to get an inlay or onlay instead of a simple white filling. In certain cases, if you need a deep filling then an inlay or onlay will last much longer than a basic filling.

Inlays and onlays are constructed outside of the mouth as a solid piece and are then cemented into your tooth. They are made of various materials, ranging from porcelain to a gold filling material.

When having an inlay or an onlay the treatment is completed over two dental visits.

At the first appointment the tooth is cut and prepared, we then take a highly accurate picture of your tooth with the latest intra-oral scanner or a traditional dental impression.

Dentist Discussing Treatment with Patient

This will then be sent to one of our highly skilled dental technicians, who will create an inlay/onlay to reproduce the dental anatomy, this will be custom made to perfectly fit your tooth.

During your second visit the inlay/onlay will be cemented in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I just have a filling instead? In some cases where you have a very large cavity a deep white filling will not be strong enough to support the remaining tooth. If your tooth is at this weakened stage then it is necessary to have an inlay or an onlay to hold the remaining tooth together. The materials we offer are extremely strong and durable and will be able to support the tooth against the strong chewing forces. Can it be made of gold? Materials for inlays and onlays will be discussed during your visit. They can be made from a gold filling material, or can be made with various tooth coloured materials, such as ceramic or Emax. Gold is an option and can be very long-lasting, durable and wear resistant. How often should I see a dentist? We recommend having your dental check-up every 6-12 months unless we advise otherwise. At your check-up the clinician will advise you on how frequently you need to attend based on your oral health. How long will it last? The lifespan for these restorations is much longer than that of a conventional filling. By maintaining good oral hygiene including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups, then your restoration can last more than ten years. If your restoration cracks, chips, or is dislodged, then it would need to be repaired or replaced.