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Dental Inlays - Inlay, Onlay

At our dental clinic, our foremost objective during treatments is tooth preservation. Hence, we offer an aesthetic, natural-looking, and long-lasting solution for larger cavities. Depending on the tooth’s condition, the remedy might be a dental inlay or an onlay, both commonly referred to as inlays.

Due to inadequate dental hygiene or other physical or chemical impacts, bacteria responsible for food decomposition can proliferate in the plaque adhering to teeth. The acids they produce subsequently begin to erode not just food remnants but also tooth tissue, leading to the onset of caries.

For more advanced tooth decay, a simple tooth filling becomes inadequate due to its insufficient stability and load-bearing capacity.

When is the use of inlay or onlay recommended?

Dental inlays are advisable when tooth decay impacts a substantial portion of the tooth or if there’s a potential risk of the decay extending to adjacent teeth. It’s common practice to replace old, sizable amalgam fillings with inlays or onlays.

If the dentist determines that the tooth’s chewing function and shape won’t be appropriate with a standard dental filling, they might suggest affixing an insert. Inlay or onlay can also be the perfect solution for replacing fractured or worn tooth tips, as a covering filling post root canal treatment, and when there’s a need to reinstate the bite height.

Benefits of dental inlays (inlay/onlay) for you

Dental inlays can provide a permanent restoration for teeth. They boast a robust load capacity, aesthetic appeal, and excellent chewing stability. Using an inlay or onlay helps in conserving the tooth, eliminating the need to file down the crown for the replacement. Inlays are crafted based on impressions in a dental laboratory, ensuring they are entirely bespoke and tailored to the patient’s specifics.

It is also crucial to note that dental inserts are allergen-free, ensuring safe usage for everyone.

What is an inlay?​

An inlay is a bonded dental filling, a solid porcelain insert, individually crafted in a laboratory by a dental technician, and subsequently bonded into position. The inlay tooth filling technique is primarily employed for molar construction when the tooth is fractured or the decay is extensive.

What is an onlay?

An onlay is essentially an inlay, bearing a strong resemblance to it. The distinction is that an onlay is utilised for larger cavities, where the entire chewing surface must be covered. If the damage to the tooth is too extensive for an inlay because not just the chewing surface but also the tooth tips are damaged and need attention, an onlay is the go-to solution.


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