If dark, unattractive, old fillings are making you feel self-conscious whenever you smile or laugh, then tooth-coloured inlays and onlays are an ideal alternative to conventional fillings. They can be used to replace your existing mercury amalgam fillings or to restore severely broken down teeth. Available in a very strong, long-lasting, mercury-free material, they can accurately match the colour of your own teeth.
The replacement tooth or part of tooth is crafted under near ideal conditions outside the mouth by a highly skilled laboratory technician, making the result more detailed, hard-wearing and easier to keep clean than those made inside your mouth. Though not as strong as conventional gold inlays, they can last many years.
Gold inlays and onlays are ideal solutions when the strength of your bite is such that stronger, longer lasting solutions are required. Crowns and Bridges may also be needed if larger parts of your tooth are missing. These days there are many new materials (such as zirconia) that can be used to make the repairs as lifelike and long lasting as possible.
Inlays and onlays are also used to protect teeth that have had their nerves removed (root canal treatments) and when the way your teeth bite is being changed in a significant way (sometimes called full mouth reconstruction.)