Inlays/Onlays in Hampton and Fairfield VIC

If you have tooth damage, talking to your Fairfield or Hampton dentist as soon as the incident occurs can often reveal more conservative treatment options than a dental crown. 

Dental inlays and onlays are used for teeth that have been impacted by fractures or decay when the damage is too severe to be corrected by a filling, but not severe enough that a full coverage crown is necessary.

Three-Quarter Crowns – Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are commonly referred to as ‘three-quarter crowns.’ That is, they function like a crown while only covering up to three-quarters of the tooth’s surface. By choosing this method of tooth restoration, we can maximise the amount of healthy tooth structure that is still present.

What Is a Tooth Inlay?

If you think of a cross between a filling and a dental crown, you will be on the right path. A dental inlay repairs and seals the tooth between the cusps (points) of the teeth. Inlay procedures might be useful for patients who have decay on a posterior (back) tooth that needs a little extra support when chewing to prevent further damage.

What Is a Tooth Onlay?

An onlay covers one or more cusps of the tooth, but not the entire tooth like a dental crown. Like the inlay, the tooth onlay will add stability to those posterior teeth we use most often for grinding food while we eat.

How Does the Inlay and Onlay Process Work?

The treatment process involves two appointments. At the first appointment, we will remove all damaged tooth surfaces and then take an impression of the tooth before covering it with a temporary restoration. 

This impression is then sent off to our lab, which creates a customised restoration for that specific tooth. Within two weeks the permanent inlay or onlay is ready, and the patient returns to have the tooth cleaned and the inlay or onlay permanently bonded to the tooth.

Porcelain and Gold Restorations

We offer both gold and porcelain inlays and onlays. Porcelain obviously allows more aesthetic benefits because of its natural tooth colour, making it useful for restoring teeth that are visible when smiling, laughing or talking. Gold is useful on back teeth that are not visible because of gold’s ability to withstand major chewing forces over time.

We Invite You to Contact Our Dental Clinic

If you have been told that your tooth needs a crown, consider getting a second opinion at Sparkle Dental Care in Melbourne. Call us to learn more about whether or not a dental inlay or onlay is the right choice for your smile.

We present all treatment options, from the most conservative to the most comprehensive and will provide you with valuable information to help you make an informed choice for your smile. We welcome patients from Fairfield, Hampton, Melbourne and the surrounding communities.