While fillings are excellent for restoring small to moderate cavities, inlays and onlays are a stronger option to restore the structure of a tooth when the cavities are large.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations custom made outside the mouth that specifically fit the size and shape of the cavity. Your dentist will recommend an inlay or onlay if you have significant tooth damage too large for a filling but not enough to justify a crown. They are typically made of either porcelain or a composite material, are much stronger than direct fillings and blend in naturally with the tooth.
Onlays are the larger of the two options. They cover the biting surface of your teeth, including one or both cusps. Your dentist will recommend an inlay if the damage is limited to the central part of the tooth and the cusps are intact.
Why would I need an inlay or onlay?
Your dentist may recommend an inlay or an onlay if:
Inlays are suitable when the cusps of a tooth are healthy and intact. In cases of more significant damage, onlays can help to repair some, or all, of the biting surface.
What is the procedure for fitting an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays are custom-made pieces and usually require a single appointment for the fitting. During a regular check-up, your dentist will advise you why you require an inlay or onlay and discuss the procedure and material with you.
You will then be seen at a follow-up appointment where your dentist will remove the decay, clean the cavity and take an impression of the tooth that is going to be treated.
You will receive a temporary filling at this point to protect the tooth while the inlay or onlay is being manufactured in a laboratory.
Preparing your inlay or onlay will take approximately 1-2 weeks. At your final visit, the dentist will fit the inlay or onlay by bonding it to your tooth with a special adhesive that will secure it in place. Finally, your bite is checked to ensure it is comfortable.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are an excellent restorative treatment that can help preserve the natural structure of your tooth. Following our philosophy of preventative dentistry, we will always aim to preserve your natural teeth when possible.
Will it take a long time to adjust to an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays are custom-made, so they should fit naturally into your tooth. As with any dental work, an inlay or onlay may initially feel different in your mouth. This usually passes as you grow accustomed to the presence of your new inlay or onlay.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
The longevity of Inlays and Onlays depends on several different factors such as the amount and quality of the remaining tooth structure, oral hygiene, diet, grinding and clenching habits etc. However, with regular maintenance, inlays and onlays can last up to 10 years.
How do I maintain my inlays and onlays?
A good oral care routine and diet, and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist will help maintain your inlays and onlays ensuring your teeth stay healthier for longer.
At Platinum Dental Care, our goal is to keep your natural teeth healthy and help you to achieve the best possible comfort and confidence in your oral health.
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I've been very impressed with Platinum Dental Care from the outset. They are a warm and professional team with extreme technical proficiency – Ronnie in particular. On the rare occasion when I've had dental issue, they have always worked very hard to squeeze me in at short notice and take of the problem in every sense: by clearly outlining the treatment plan, providing personal reassurance and comfort during the actual procedure, through to financing advice around payment plans. Without doubt the best dentist I have ever had. Would strongly recommend.
Platinum Dental Care is easily the friendliest, most professional and highest quality dentist in London. The whole team consistently does everything they can to make sure you get the best treatment possible. Their communication about appointments is always excellent and the practice is a warm and friendly place. Special mention for Catia who always goes above and beyond for every single customer to give them the best possible service. I highly recommend Platinum and the team, I recently moved further away from the practice but have absolutely no hesitation in remaining a patient there.
I found Platinum Dental Care after relocating while mid-way on an implant treatment. Dr Marios was very patient and diligent on making it all work to perfection. And Dr Patel was amazing at finding and fixing issues before they became a problem. The practice is full of the latest technology with 3D imaging and the best staff. The girls managing reception are very professional and very meticulous, helping you with the process.
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I was smiling when I walked in and left smiling when I walked out. Millie was professional, friendly and reassuring throughout the duration of my appointment. As a healthcare professional myself I really appreciated Millie's efforts to make sure I was okay throughout the procedure. Front desk staff were friendly and professional too. I would book here again without a doubt.
Sarika is the best dentist. I have been with her for 2 years and cannot be happier with my teeth now
Big Thank you for Ana at the reception to go out of her way to get an appointment. Thank you for Nadia to be fantastic. The place is 4.9 star on google for a reason.
Highly recommend this place. I've been to a few other private dental practices in London - Bloomsbury, London Bridge and Moorgate, but this place is my favourite and I'd recommend this practice for both check ups and hygienist visits. They are thorough with their explanations and won't rip you off. I had a quote from another practice, but Platinum (Harriet) confirmed work wasn't necessary. I had Nadia for my hygiene visit and she was great. She really took time to explain the issues and go through options to prepare me for the clean, which other practices have never done to that extent in all the years I've seen hygienists. I was offered numbing gel for the sensitive areas to be cleaned, which worked a treat.
Visited Yana the dental hygienist this morning. Brilliant service and lovely lady. Teeth squeaky clean and unlike some hygienists the procedure was not painful at all. Highly recommended.,
I would like to thank everyone from the reception team and also yana the hygienist and above all Dental surgeon Dr Ronak Patel who always gave the best treatment possible and is kind and friendly manner always made it a pleasure to attend the practice you will all be deeply missed if it wasn't for me moving out of London I would never have left such a great practice
Thank you all
I have been going here for a couple of years now and have found that their patient care is of the highest quality - including the front desk, my hygienist and my dentist, Dr. Kumar. I just had some restorative work done this year and the work was top notch. Price-wise they compare to other private clinics in the area. I was allowed to prepay for the major treatment in instalments which helped a huge amount.
Dr Ronak and Nadia Begum have been great since I've joined Platinum. They are very personable and do seem to really care. I feel in very safe and professional hands!
From making the appointment through to treatment the whole experience was beyond pleasant experience. The reception staff are very friendly and welcoming and Dr Sarika Shah is so polite and respectful. She had treated me with great dignity. I have never had such a thorough experience in a dentist. Dr Sarika Shah took her time to get to know me and talked me through the whole Invisalign treatment. I decided to have my bite treated at this practice because of the care that they provide but also their amazing flexible financial plans that makes it very affordable to anyone. Would definitely recommend this dental practice. First class service from Platinum Dental Care!
I originally went to see Dr Sripal Kumar to get a second opinion on the removal of a tooth. The treatment and advice was excellent and the team was very responsive to my wishes and concerns. The end result was much better than I could have hoped for (Dr Kumar managed to save the tooth and I saved a lot of money). Can highly recommend the practice and will be back.
Last year I made the decision to start Invisalign treatment with Platinum Dental and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. From the initial consultation to completion of the treatment Dr Sarika Shah was amazing at guiding me through the whole process. Every step was explained concisely and left me feeling totally comfortable the journey I was on. My treatment lasted just over 6 months and I am incredibly happy with the results. Overall a great dental practice.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Dr Patel was excellent with his diagnosis and treatment.
I thoroughly recommend this practice.