If you are suffering or have suffered from serious tooth decay or have cracked teeth and may need a crown, then an Inlay or onlay may be suitable for you depending on how severely affected your teeth are. The reason your dentist would rather you have an inlay or onlay is because its stops you from needing a crown, and the more we can do to preserve your natural teeth, the better it is for you. Patients who normally qualify for an inlay or onlay are people who have too much damage to their tooth/teeth to have a filling but have enough good strong tooth structure/material to use, and therefore wouldn’t necessary need a crown.
Inlay’s – will do the internal job of filling the affected area of your tooth/teeth.
Onlay’s – will do the external job of covering the tip of the tooth to give the inlay extra protection
You would need to have an inlay and only if you have moderate decay to your tooth or teeth. Decay that is slightly more serious than a white filling alone could treat. If you have a fractured/cracked tooth or teeth, depending on how severe it is, it can be treated by inlay and onlays. However if the case is too serious a crown may be needed. One of the most common symptoms that can lead to you needing an Inlay/Onlay is tooth ache.
Inlays/Onlays can be made to the exact colour of your teeth, so that they will blend in perfectly and not be noticeable at all.
If you book in for a free consultation, one of our dental professionals will examine your mouth to see whether an inlay/onlay is suitable for you. If it isn’t then they will discuss other treatments and options available to you.