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Dental inlays and onlays

What is an inlay and what is an onlay?

Dental inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are all-ceramic dental replacements. We use them to restore teeth damaged by caries or trauma, in cases when the damage is too great to be covered by a filling. If the tooth has enough healthy tissue, invasive method of grinding and placement of a crown would be totally unnecessary. An ideal solution between fillings and a new crown are definitely inlays and onlays.


How are inlays and onlays fabricated?

Inlays and onlays are all-ceramic replacements fabricated in a dental laboratory according to the impression of a prepared tooth. Its fabrication is complex, but they enable great adhesion to the tooth, and will finally make a great integral whole with your own tooth. In this way, we get supreme aesthetic results and maximum protection from future bacterial penetration into the tooth.

When do we use an inlay, and when an onlay?

Inlays and onlays are used for restoration of damages of different proportions, and are mostly simply defined in the following way:

  • Dental inlay is a ceramic replacement used for restoration only of top surfaces of the tooth.
  • Dental onlay is a ceramic replacement used when beside top surface of the tooth, even side surfaces need restoration.

What materials are inlays/onlays made of?

Inlay and onlay replacements are fabricated from Empress or E.max ceramics, possessing extraordinary bio-mechanic and physical features. This material is translucent and gives the best aesthetic results in combination with your natural tooth.

Why place an inlay/onlay?

All-ceramic dental replacements

In comparison to common composite fillings and dental crowns, an inlay or an onlay made of ceramics has a series of advantages:

  • Better adhesion to the tooth than a filling, because of precise fabrication in a lab
  • Your tooth will not discolor with time, unlike a filling
  • Ideal adhesion makes tooth brushing easier
  • They do not shrink during hardening like composite fillings
  • They posses much better sealing features of hard accessible parts of the tooth, than a filling
  • Less healthy tooth is sacrificed than for a placement of a crown

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