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Due to inadequate dental care or other chemical effects, bacteria may eventually become proliferated on tooth plaque, which is responsible for decomposition of food. However, the acids produced by them could break apart not only food residues, but also the tissue of the tooth to form cavities.
If tooth decay wasn’t treated for longer time, a simple tooth filling wouldn’t be enough, as it hasn’t got the necessary stability and load capacity anymore.
At our dental clinic or primary purpose is teeth prevention, so we offer aesthetic, natural and durable solutions for larger cavities, as well. This solution may be inlay or onlay depending on the condition of the tooth.
In which cases are inlay/onlay recommended?
This type of tooth filling is recommended, when dental cavities are affected by a significant part of teeth, or if there is a risk that tooth decay may spread into the adjacent teeth. An inlay or onlay is substitute for old, large-scale amalgam fillings.
If the dentist determines that chewing function (of the given tooth) wouldn’t be appropriate a simple filler, dentist may suggest an attachment. Inlay or onlay is also an ideal solution for replacing broken toot cusp, also for root cover in case of a root treatment, and if necessary to restore bite height.
What are the benefits of inlay / onlay?
Inlay/Onlay can permanently restore teeth. They are heavy-duty, aesthetic and long lasting for chewing. Inlay or onlay can conserve teeth and there is no need for polishing the crown during inserting. The inserts are imprinted in a dental laboratory, so they are completely unique and adapt to the patient’s capabilities.
It is also important to note that dental fillings do not contain any allergenic material, so they can be applied safely to anyone.
What is inlay?
Inlay is a compact porcelain insert, which is individually made for your teeth by a dental technician and glued to the tooth. The inlay tooth filling is primarily used in the construction of the molars when the tooth is broken, or cavities are too large.
Inlay is used if we do not have to cover the entire chewing surface. This filling is securely fastened to minimize the chance of further tooth decay – by adequate oral hygiene. It protects the tooth tissues underneath from further destruction, but looks aesthetic, and also the contours of the tooth can be perfectly restored.
What is onlay?
Onlay is also a type of filling, which is very similar to inlay. The difference is that onlay is used for a larger hole, when the entire chewing surface need to be covered and if tooth damage is too large for inlay.
Onlay provides a long-term stability with the aid of protecting the crown from further injuries or deterioration. Alike inlay, it is also made in dental laboratory after dental sampling, so the contact point can be precisely formed to the adjacent tooth.