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Dental inlays - Inlay, onlay

In our dental clinic, our primary goal during our treatments is to preserve the teeth, so we also offer an aesthetic, natural-looking and long-lasting solution for larger cavities. Depending on the condition of the tooth, Depending on the condition of the tooth, the solution can be a dental inlay or an onlay, which are simply called inlays.

As a result of improper dental care or other physical or chemical effects, bacteria that are responsible for breaking down food can eventually multiply in the plaque that sticks to the teeth. However, the acids created in their wake begin to break down not only the food remains, but also the tooth tissue. This is how caries develop.

If the tooth decay is more advanced, a plain tooth filling will no longer be sufficient, as it does not have the necessary stability and load-bearing capacity.

In what cases is it recommended to use inlay or onlay?​

Dental inlays should be used if the tooth decay affects a significant amount of the tooth, or if there is a risk that the decay may spread to neighboring teeth. It is customary to replace old, large amalgam fillings with inlays or onlays.

If the dentist considers that the chewing function and shape of the given tooth will not be suitable with the use of a plain dental filling, he may recommend gluing the insert. Inlay or onlay can also be an ideal solution for replacing broken or worn tooth tips, as a cover filling in the case of root canal treatment, and in the event that it is necessary to restore the bite height.

What are the advantages of dental inlays (inlay / onlay) for you?

Teeth can be permanently restored with the help of dental inlays. They have a high load capacity, are aesthetic and have great chewing stability. The tooth can be preserved by using an inlay or onlay, and it is not necessary to grind down the crown for the replacement. The inlays are made by taking an impression in a dental laboratory, so they are completely unique and adapted to the patient’s characteristics.

It is also very important to mention that the dental inserts do not contain any allergens, so they can be used safely by anyone.

What is inlay?​

An inlay is a glued dental filling, a solid porcelain insert, which is individually prepared in a laboratory by a dental technician, and then glued in place. Inlay tooth filling is a technology used primarily for the construction of molars, when the tooth is broken or the decay is too great.

What is onlay?

An onlay is also an inlay, so it is very similar to an inlay. The difference lies in the fact that the onlay is used in the case of a larger hole, when the entire chewing surface must be covered, and the damage to the tooth is already too great for an inlay to be placed on that surface, because not only the chewing surface, but also the tips of the teeth damaged and requires care.