While tooth coloured resins can mend smaller cavities in back teeth, larger cavities need a stronger and more durable solution. If you need a large filling in a back tooth, hard-wearing porcelain inlays and onlays are a good and cosmetically pleasing solution. Porcelain is stronger and more durable than tooth coloured composite resin and will protect your tooth from further damage.
These inlays and onlays are custom-made and once in place will blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth. Our dentist will carefully prepare your tooth before taking an impression so your inlay or onlay can be hand-made. This generally takes two weeks, so we will provide a temporary filling to protect your tooth.
What is the Difference Between Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays are used to repair cavities in the main chewing surface of a tooth. Onlays are slightly larger. An onlay will repair this middle area as well as any cusps that have been damaged. A back tooth can have several cusps which are the raised points on the tooth.