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Inlays and Onlays

Replace Missing Teeth for a Better Smile

Dental Restorations Cheltenham

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that replace lost or damaged tooth structures with artificial materials with biological, physical, and functional characteristics like natural teeth.

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They serve the same purpose as tooth fillings, crowns and bridges.

They are used to repair/restore a tooth, typically damaged by infection or breakage.

Inlays replace a small portion of tooth structure loss because of decay. Inlays can fit inside the tooth.

Onlays can also fit inside the tooth but may extend to the chewing surfaces of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays as Dental Restorations

  • Minimal removal of the tooth enamel is required
  • Last longer than the other procedure like dental fillings
  • Do not expand and move around
  • More stain-resistant than other dental restorations
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The Inlay and Onlay Procedure

Receiving an inlay or onlay for your tooth usually takes two appointments.

  1. Once your Cheltenham dentist has assessed that you are an ideal candidate for the treatment, the affected tooth is then prepared.
  2. The affected part of the tooth is removed, and the remaining parts are properly cleaned.
  3. Your Cheltenham dentist takes an impression of the tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the restoration.
  4. A temporary restoration is used to cover the tooth while your inlay/onlay is being manufactured.
  5. During your second appointment, the finished restoration is bonded and fitted into place.

Dental Restorations in Cheltenham

If you have one or multiple teeth that are worn, damaged, or infected by a cavity, Dentist On Warrigal Cheltenham can fix it with custom-made, lifelike dental restorations, like inlays and onlays.

Visit your Cheltenham dentist today!

Call us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorative treatments for teeth that are damaged with decay. Inlays replace a small portion of tooth structure loss because of decay. Inlays can fit inside the tooth. Onlays can also fit inside the tooth but may extend to the chewing surfaces of a back tooth to replace one or multiple cusps.
Are inlays and onlays safe?
Placing a direct composite resin is safe, so there’s nothing to worry about!
How are inlays and onlays different from dental fillings and crowns?
Inlays and onlays are more sturdy than traditional fillings, and they can be used to cover larger areas of damage. They are smaller than crowns, and they require less enamel removal.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
With proper care and regular dental appointments to your Cheltenham dentist, inlays and onlays do not need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years.