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Inlays & Onlays

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.

What are dental inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a dental filling is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

Considerations for Inlays and Onlays

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

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I had a tribble pain for 4 days. I came in the dental centre while I was suffering very bad pain on Sunday. So, I had to get an energency appointment. Staff very kind and helpful. Even they treated me earlier than my time because they'd seen me in pain. So I kind of broke the queue. The pain settle down right after treatment. I'm so hapy with their serive and I registered with them. So I highly recommend this clinic. Thanks all of you at the clinic.

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An excellent dental centre. I have been coming here for 4 or 5 years now and have always been pleased with the professionalism, patience and care that the staff I've met have displayed. The centre is clean and everyone is polite and on time! My dentist, Dean, has such a great bedside manner and explains everything he is doing clearly and non-patronisingly - I feel as if I am in safe hands. Cannot recommend enough.

Gemma Baker

I had an excellent experience at Beckenham Dental. Dr. Sharman was amazing. He has a very calm and reassuring bedside manner that made it so much easier to relax. I had a root canal performed and he was so patient in answering all of my questions and concerns.

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