Inlays and Onlays

For more heavily filled or broken down teeth Lander offers the possibility of restoring the damaged part of your tooth with a porcelain inlay.

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Dental inlays and onlays

To do this Lander has invested in the CEREC™ machine – one of the most advanced machines available in dentistry. This state-of-the-art equipment enables us to take high resolution 3D digital images of your tooth and design a restoration that will perfectly match your existing teeth in terms of its shape, colour and natural fit. Our dentists have complete control over every aspect of the design and are able to accommodate all aesthetic considerations. Once the design is finalised, the machine mills the inlay in our surgery and we are then able to fit this in the same appointment, meaning we can rejuvenate your smile in just one sitting and you can get on with your busy life. The result is a beautiful, near invisible repair that is incredibly hard wearing and easy to look after.

The art of preserving your natural teeth

When it comes to dentistry, our experts work hard to maintain and keep your teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The longer you can keep your natural teeth, the better it is for your overall oral health. Inlays and onlays are a method of preserving teeth which have been attacked by decay. While crowns are an option for damaged teeth, they often require your dentist to file down or remove a little of your existing tooth, in order for the sleeve to fit nicely over the top and stay in line with your existing teeth. Onlays and inlays fit onto your teeth in a way that maintains all or most of your current tooth structure.  

Do I need an inlay or an onlay?

Larger cavities are best treated with inlays and onlays, as fillings simply won’t manage the damage. Inlays are very similar to fillings in that they close up a gap. An inlay sits inside your tooth, while an onlay is fitted to the outside of it and is usually used to build up any area of tooth damage or if your tooth has fractured. It is often the back teeth that require this kind of attention, as the surfaces of the ‘chewing’ teeth are particularly vulnerable to developing cavities.

You may also have an amalgam (silver) filling that you would like replaced with a more natural coloured onlay or inlay. Our Lander Dentistry dentists can remove old fillings, clean out any existing decay and replace unsightly dark patches with a more natural looking treatment.  

What are onlays and inlays made from?

Like fillings, inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain or composite resin to blend naturally with the rest of your teeth and provide lasting strength and reinforcement to your otherwise damaged tooth. It is possible to get gold and amalgam inlays and onlays, however composite resin and porcelain choices make for a solution that is hardly noticeable.

How long does an onlay or inlay take to fit?

Treatments will take two appointments as the carefully moulded part to replace your tooth needs to be crafted in a dental laboratory. On your first visit, your Truro dentist will take a mould of the tooth, which will be used to create the inlay or onlay. Your finished inlay or onlay will then be carefully fitted during your second appointment.

Do you need to book a check up? Early detection of decay is the best way to treat it. Contact Lander Dentistry in Truro on 01872 885938 today to make an appointment.

Treatments

Fillings

When your tooth shows signs of decay, your Lander Dental & Implant Clinic dentist can help to stop it before any further damage is caused. Fillings are applied to small and developing cavities to restore your tooth back to health.

Treatments

Crowns

At Lander Dental & Implant Clinic we fit crowns (or caps) over an existing tooth to protect it from further damage, or to improve your overall smile if you have had an implant or have a discoloured or misshapen tooth.