Tooth inlay, onlay

When is tooth inlay necessary?

If significant part of the tooth is missing and cannot be adequately replaced by conventional filling because the filling may fall out, then an inlay can be applied.

Attaching dental inlay

The first part of the procedure is very similar to that for a conventional filling. The dentist removes and damaged and decayed parts. Afterwards, however, the tooth is not filled but – in a similar way to crowns, bridges and veneers – an impression is taken from the cleaned part that the dental technician will use to prepare the inlay.
This inlay is then attached to the missing part of the tooth.

The inlay can be made of various materials: composite, ceramics, gold or zirconium

Once this tooth-coloured inlay has been attached, the damaged tooth has its original shape, colour, chewing capability, and function restored.

The tooth-coloured inlay is a very durable and aesthetic type of filling: the lifespan of well-prepared inlays can be many times longer than conventional fillings.