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Inlays and Onlays at Rivergum Smiles

Tooth Preservation in Mill Park

smiling person looking at hand mirrorDo you have a cavity or fractured tooth but want to know if there’s a more conservative treatment option than a full coverage crown? When smaller fillings aren’t appropriate, a custom inlay or onlay is.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

These lab-made restorations are larger than conventional fillings but do not cover your entire tooth surface. Rather, they repair up to 2/3 to 3/4 of your tooth structure while preserving the healthy enamel that’s still intact.

Most inlays and onlays are made from tooth-coloured ceramics, similar to a crown. They can also be made of gold for areas with exposure to heavy wear and pressure (such as upper back teeth.)

The only difference between inlays and onlays is that one fills in the grooves and valleys of the tooth (inlays) while the other serves to rebuild the cusps on the high areas of the chewing surfaces (onlays.)

What to Expect

Getting an inlay or onlay is quite similar to what the appointment process is for having a crown made. At your first appointment, we will remove any damaged or compromised tooth structure, take an impression and then place a protective temporary restoration over the treated teeth. About two weeks later, the lab-made inlay or onlay will be ready to bond into place.

Choosing to invest in an inlay/onlay can help to extend the life of your natural smile for as long as possible. As a less-invasive alternative to conventional crowns, we recommend this procedure for our patients who qualify for more conservative restorations.

Conservative Alternatives for Treating Damaged Teeth

Is an inlay or onlay right for you? Schedule a consultation with us today to find out. New patients are always welcome and same day appointments are available.



Inlays and Onlays Mill Park, South Morang, Mernda VIC | (03) 8418-6389