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The inlay, onlay, overlay fillings

The inlay, onlay, overlay fillings

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The inlay, onlay, overlay fillings are indirect fillings made of porcelain that fit into and onto the tooth. Used to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural and aesthetically pleasing color. These fillings are similar to regular fillings (composite fillings), with the exception being that they are permanently cemented by the dentist and are made in the dental laboratory as opposed to being molded to shape in the mouth.

Dental inlays and onlays are procedures that are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition, are custom made and, with the exception of the inlays are generally prepared by technicians in specialized laboratories. The inlay, onlay, overlay procedures have the advantage of non removal of healthy tooth structure whilst offering perfect fitting, stronger and longer lasting solution to tooth decay or other similar structural damage. These procedures are also better option to traditional dental filling both from the aesthetic and the functionality point of view.

What are inlay, onlay, overlay fillings?

Inlay is a type of dental restoration where the material is bonded within the centre of the tooth as a filling and is an all in - clinic procedure.

Onlay treatment is applied when the extent of the damage requires the inclusion of one or more sections of the tooth and is prepared in specialized dental laboratories.

Overlay treatment is applied when the extent of the damage requires the full inclusion of the biting surface and in fact are categorized as crowns. As with the Onlays the Overlays are custom made and are fabricated in specialized dental labs.

When should the inlay & onlay treatments be used:

Inlay / Onlay treatments are a great choice is you have the minimal tooth decay and are excellent alternative to full coverage crowns.

Benefits of inlay, onlay, overlay?

  • Preserves as much healthy tooth as possible
  • Offer superior fit
  • Aesthetic longevity
  • Ensures functional sustainability
  • Easier tooth cleaning when compared to full coverage restorative alternatives
  • Tight space fulfillments to seal the teeth and keep bacteria at bay
  • Durable material that actually strengthens the damaged tooth


For all inlay, onlay, overlay procedures:

  •  Consultation and X - ray
  •  Local anesthesia
  •  Removal of damaged part of the tooth
  •  Cleaning of the area and preparing the surface to fit the restoration.
  •  Taking several highly accurate impressions to create the onlay/overlay
  •  Temporary restoration of the tooth
  •  Sending the moulding to lab for its construction
  •  The new onlay / overlay being precisely cemented into its place upon its construction
  •  A few adjustments (if needed) for proper fit and so that the bite is comfortable

An inlay treatment is completed in a single appointment and the onlay / overlay procedures usually requires two appointments.

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Alan Tighe
1 Jan 2017
Alan Tighe
The inlay, onlay, overlay fillings

 a smile better than I imagined

I heard about Tourmedical from a friend who had been there, so decided id do something that I had put off for a long time and sort myself out.

I made contact with them and all my questions were answered and a provisional treatment plan was worked out. It suited another friend of mine to come the same time, so the two of us headed over and were treated like kings from pick up from the Airport, to our hotel and to the clinic for all appointments.

The dentist was gorgeous, but also a brilliant dentist, I have a smile better than I Imagined, I could have. Also we had a nice break and met some lovely people while we had our treatment carried out.

I have already recommend Tourmedical and will continue to do so.

5 Oct 2016
The inlay, onlay, overlay fillings

The treatment was fantastic

My name is Declan Daly from Ireland, I heard about Tourmedical from my cousin who had been for treatment plus some friends. I had suffered with my teeth most of my life and it was effecting my confidence. In my job your smile is important, so was time to get myself sorted.

The treatment was fantastic, the dentist was very professional and made me feel at ease from the beginning, she is briallant at her job (and strong)!!

The clinic is spotlessy clean and has superb facilities. The atmosphere is relaxing and everyone is always smiling.

It was really a great job, second to none, I already have and will be telling everyone about it.

Thank you