Do I need an inlay or an onlay?
Larger cavities are best treated with inlays and onlays, as fillings simply won’t manage the damage. Inlays are very similar to fillings in that they close up a gap. An inlay sits inside your tooth, while an onlay is fitted to the outside of it and is usually used to build up any area of tooth damage or if your tooth has fractured. It is often the back teeth that require this kind of attention, as the surfaces of the ‘chewing’ teeth are particularly vulnerable to developing cavities.
You may also have an amalgam (silver) filling that you would like replaced with a more natural coloured onlay or inlay. Our Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dentists can remove old fillings, clean out any existing decay and replace unsightly dark patches with a more natural looking treatment.