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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. Traditionally gold has been used to make inlays and onlays because it is a hard material and lasts for a long time. However, today a range of tooth-coloured porcelain and other restorative materials are available that gives the restored tooth a more natural look, which many patients prefer.

Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory by a dental technician using impressions taken of your teeth. While these are being made we will fit you with a temporary filling to protect the damaged tooth. When your inlay or onlay is ready your dentist will remove the temporary filling and glue the restoration into place using a special adhesive.

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