Most small cavities can be restored using tooth coloured composite fillings but sometimes a cavity can be larger or part of the side wall of a tooth is broken away and this requires a stronger restoration. If this is the case then an onlay or inlay can be placed.
Your tooth will be prepared and then an impression taken that is transferred to the dental laboratory where a skilled dental technician constructs the inlay or onlay out of ceramic.
The inlay or onlay is then cemented into place at a second appointment with our bonding ceramic resins. With the correct aftercare an inlay or onlay will give years of service to you and protection to your teeth. It will also give you better wear than a simple filling when in an area of high biting strength.