Inlays and Onlays in Brisbane
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlay and Onlay perform a similar function as a filling and a crown, essentially repairing a broken or decayed tooth and restoring the strength and function. We recommend inlays/onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown.
Inlays and Onlays use porcelain (not the composite resin of tooth coloured fillings) as this is a sturdier material for the larger space, giving our patients a functional and long term solution.
How do Inlays differ from Onlays?
These fit inside of the tooth like a normal filling.
With the white porcelain material you will barely know they are there.
These cover over a section of the top of the tooth, known as the cusp, as well as filling the cavity.
The porcelain material is tough and more resistant to wear and tear than composite resin.
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Inlays and Onlays vs having a Crown?
As opposed to a Crown, Inlays and Onlays are:
- less invasive
- preserve more tooth structure
Which one is most suitable for you depends entirely on each individual tooth.
If there is enough strong tooth structure left worth preserving, then we would recommend either an inlay or onlay.
However if there is a weak cusp then we would recommend an onlay. This would cover the weak cusp to prevent it from splitting off later.
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