Let's talk about inlays/onlays

Mi is az a fogbetét? What is a dental inlay/onlay? You can often hear from us that it is a better way than a filling. But most patients haven't even heard of this technique or what it means exactly.

Ezért most beszéljünk kicsit a fogbetétekről:

An inlay or onlay should be considered a filling attached to a tooth by gluing. There is no extra tooth removal. Usually, the old filling is replaced. Instead, an impression is taken of the missing part of the tooth's crown and then made in the laboratory by the dental technician based on the impression. In this way, they can also pattern areas on the plaster sample that dentists cannot perform accurately in the mouth.

In most cases, its indication is in the most permanent restoration of the anatomical shape of the crown after extensive caries or root canal treatment. In that case, there is not enough intact dental material available to make a filling of the right quality and closure. The difference between inlay, onlay, and overlay is the size of the surface affected. Compared to classic fillings, they fit better on the tooth surface and protect the tooth from bacteria in the long term. They are also easier to clean, do not change color, and are firmer and durable.

Inlays/onlays are fixed by gluing. We distinguish between composite, ceramic, gold, metal, and zirconium onlays in terms of their material. In our clinic, we prefer composite onlays; they are the most suitable in terms of value for money, they have essential flexibility that is similar to the tooth tissue. In addition, they are aesthetic and easy to implement.

The great advantage of the inlays is that, unlike crowns, no extra dental material needs to be removed. This will increase the lifespawn of your teeth. In addition, there is no need to insert a pin into the root canal, as is the case with crowns, so we can allow for re-root treatment if it turns out that the root canal inflammation has not been eliminated in the long run.

Also, keep in mind that teeth under the crown or inlay should remain healthy. If the tooth suffers from recurrent caries, the inlay may need to be removed and replaced with another prosthesis.

After inlay, onlay dental restoration, of course, you still need to pay attention to proper oral hygiene. Regular (at least twice a day) brushing and grooming with proper technique is essential to maintain the integrity and health of your teeth.

Participating in our dental check ups, which are recommended every six months, is also vital to keeping our beautiful smiles.