Dental Onlays

If your teeth are too damaged to be treated with a filling, but not damaged enough to warrant a crown, a dental onlay is an excellent option for protecting and restoring a damaged tooth. Onlays and inlays are sometimes called indirect fillings, as a dental technician fabricates them in a dental lab before your dentist bonds them to the affected area.

What Is the Difference Between Onlay and Inlay?

An inlay fits between the cusps of the tooth and reinforces the natural tooth more than a filling. An onlay is essentially a partial crown, and it fits over the missing surface of the tooth to restore its integrity and function. Dental onlays in Double Bay or Elizabeth Bay are normally preferable to crowns as the dentist has to shape less of the tooth. This means that your tooth retains more of its natural tooth structure and strength.

What Are Inlays and Onlays Made Of?

As with most restorative dentistry in Double Bay, the materials used can vary. The most common material used is tooth-coloured porcelain, so it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. In some cases gold or composite resin may be used depending on the biting forces.

What does the Procedure Entail?

Dr Yee removes the decayed or fractured area of the tooth and takes impressions to send to the ceramist. The ceramist creates an inlay or onlay that matches the missing area, translucency, and colour of your natural tooth. You are given a temporary restoration until your next appointment.

At your second appointment, the temporary restoration is removed, and the new inlay or onlay is fitted and cemented into your tooth.

How Long Will My Onlay Last?

The materials used in your onlay or inlay are durable and long-lasting. With regular brushing and flossing as you do with your other teeth, your onlays should last for between 10 and 15 years.

What does the Procedure Entail?

Dr Yee removes the decayed or fractured area of the tooth and takes impressions to send to the ceramist. The ceramist creates an inlay or onlay that matches the missing area, translucency, and colour of your natural tooth. You are given a temporary restoration until your next appointment.

At your second appointment, the temporary restoration is removed, and the new inlay or onlay is fitted and cemented into your tooth.

How Long Will My Onlay Last?

The materials used in your onlay or inlay are durable and long-lasting. With regular brushing and flossing as you do with your other teeth, your onlays should last for between 10 and 15 years.

Contact Us

Dental onlays in Double Bay offer a great alternative to crowns. They are strong and have a long life protecting your smile. If you are interested in knowing more about dental onlays near Potts Point, book an appointment with our Elizabeth Bay clinic using our online form or contact us on (02) 9158 6723.