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Inlays & Onlays Orange, NSW

What are Inlays and Onlays?

In restorative dentistry inlays are a restoration that act similarly to fillings. The are used to restore or repair a tooth that has become decayed or has been damaged. Much like fillings these can me made of composite resin, gold or other materials such as ceramics. Inlays or inlays sit in the grooves of your tooth on the chewing surface between what are called the tooth cusps. The way in which inlays and onlays defer pertains to these cusps, inlays sit totally in-between the cusps, however inlays are used to not only restore the center of the tooth but also cusps.

How Does the Procedure Work?

First we’ll provide local anesthesia to numb the area so you’ll not feel anything. Then we’ll remove the decay from the tooth and apply the composite or filling material. This material will be shaped to match your tooth and bite. We’ll then polish and smooth your new inlay or onlay. There are direct inlays / inlays and indirect. Direct inlays are made here at our offices while indirect inlays are made by a dental lab using moldings of your tooth. Clinically, the materials used for direct inlays have advanced to the point where we’re able to offer lab like precision right here in our office.

 

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