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Inalys and OnlaysInlays and onlays are ways of repairing relatively extensive tooth decay or damage without having to replace the whole outer portion of the tooth. An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.

Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthens it. After the procedure the tooth can bear up to 50 – 75% more chewing force. They also tend to last longer than a filling.

Most commonly used inlay and onlay materials are porcelain, ceramic or gold.

See the following for more information:

What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a porcelain veneer?

Assessment. Your dentist may need to take x-rays as well as photographs. Your dentist may also need to take dental impressions (dental molds) from which they will make a plaster cast of your mouth. During the examination appointment you will need to convey to your dentist the types of changes you …

What can you do if a dental implant does not work?

If an implant does not achieve or cannot maintain a rigid fixation with the surrounding bone it will eventually become loose and no longer be able to support replacement teeth. Commonly the failing implant causes no discomfort and if there are enough remaining, it may not be necessary to replace it …

How long inlays/onlay last?

On average, inlays/onlays last between 5 and 15 years. The life span of an inlay/onlay depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the it is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits …

Case Study – Stained and uneven teeth

Concious of a slightly discoloured and uneven smile our client wanted to revitalise her image with porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. The dental treatment in Budapest only required 5 working days.