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Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

Inlays are similar to fillings but the entire work lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering one or more cusps. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns. Overlays extends outwards from onlays.
Inlays, onlays and overlays are normally done to repair damaged portion of teeth that may be too large to be fixed with composite resin fillings whilst the damage is not overly extensive requiring a dental crown.
There are basically 3 dental restorations to repair damaged teeth or tooth decay:
  1. Dental Fillings
  2. Inlays and Onlays
  3. Overlays or Dental Crowns
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Porcelain Fillings with Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

If you have tooth cavities that are too large for convetional dental fillings, enquire about inlays, onlays and overlays. Ask our dentist for a free checkup and consult.  

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Types of Dental Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

Inlays, onlays and overlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or glass ionomer.

  • Porcelain and glass mimics the tooth enamel’s translucency and color. Therefore it makes teeth look more attractive and natural.
  • Gold alloy possess greater durability.

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Benefits of Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

  • They increase the strength of a tooth with respect to fillings.
  • Alternatives to an crown when teeth damage is not extensive.
  • Porcelain inlays/onlays/overlays do not change color over time.
  • Gives better esthetic appearance compared amalgam fillings.

Why BIDC is a Leading Restorative Dental Center

BIDC is a top restortive dentistry dental center. Its team of restortive dentists, prosthodontists and cosmetic dentists has been treating patients on inlays, onlays, overlays, dental crowns and tooth fillings for over a decade. Our experienced dentl team, customer care and advance facilities has earned BIDC an established reputation as an award-winning dental clinic in Thailand.

  1. Our cosmetic dentist team composes of dental specialists in prosthodontics, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. This means after being qualified as a general dentist, your specialists undergoes additional years of training and certification in their specific area of restoring teeth and prosthetics.
  2. Many of our cosmetic dental specialists are American board certified. They have not just completed their specialization certificate overseas in the USA but have also done the residency exams in obtain the same dental license where they are also able to practice in USA.
  3. BIDC selects our cosmetic dentists not just for the qualifications but they are well-experienced. This ensures that you smile makeover or cosmetic treatment have a proper, successful and satisfactory treatment outcome. Many of our dentists have corrected outcomes of other dentists.
  4. Our team composes of international speakers and professors that lecturers on the field of prosthodontics or aesethic dentistry.
  5. Cosmetic dentistry requires a mix between technical knowledge and artistic talent. Thailand dentists are known for their highly skilled artistry that is seen and applied within our smile makeover cases. 
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  1. BIDC is one of the few dental center in Thailand with an on-site dental laboratory within its dental complex
  2. It is the first fully digitalized dental lab in the country able to customized zirconia ceramics from start to end. Using intra-oral scanners, CAD/CAM computer milling machines, your dental veneers, crowns, bridges and prosthetics over implant is made precise to fit just for you on computer.
  3. Your cosmetic dentist can only get as good with their highly skilled lab technician that plays a major part on the final outcome of your teethworks. With an on-site dental lab, you are able to have immediate chairshade shade selection done and adjustments in tooth color shades or shape.
  4. We cater to a large number of international patients that require quick treatment timings and getting it your aesthetic dental works right the first time.
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  1. Many of our cosmetic dental specialists are international speakers and lecturers in cosmetic dentistry. They therefore keep abreast with the latest technique and train other dentists on new aesthetic dentistry developments in Thailand.
  2. At BIDC, your cosmetic dentist also has access to the latest digital dentistry technologies available globally. Our dental group has a subsidary section that brings dental equipments into Thailand. Therefore, dentists has been the first in the field of cosmetic dentistry to utilize the most recent state-of-the-art innovations. 
  3. With a fully digitalized dental lab on-site within BIDC, your dentist can change and adjust any changes to your smile makeover design with ease and quickly without delayed timings.
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  1. Goto BIDC's reviews and patient stories to find out some of the testimonials from our international patients and local residence.
  2. We have a professional and well experienced team of customer care and dentist team to service you
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  1. First in Thailand to attain Joint Commission International (JCI)
  2. First in Thailand to receive  prestigious quality awards for providing oustanding dental services with customer focus, branding and quality
  3. Dental center with most number of recognition by the Royal Thailand government, private organization, magazines and patients referrals
  4. Thailand's pioneering dental center for dental tourism to provide international patient services at international standards
  5. Follows strict sterilization, infection prevention and contro, quality based management to set benchmark for other dental clinics within the dental sector in Thailand
  6. Part of Thailand's largest and most established trusted network dental group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand that keeps transparent treatments fees and audited reports
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Procedure for Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays Treatment

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available at our dental clinic. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
  1. First evaluation and inlays, onlays, overlays tooth preparation
    • The natural tooth is reshaped to receive the new inlay, onlay  or overlay
    • Records are taken to determine the color, ength and shape 
    • An impression of the teeth is taken for a replica model of teeth
    • This model is sent to a lab where the pieces are fabricated
    • The preparation site is temprorarily covered
  2. Fitting of the inlays, onlays, overlays on delivery
    • The temporary filling is removed
    • The glass, gold or porcelain filling is fitted and cemented into place on the teeth
    • A quality assurance check is done for any re-adjustments or re-works of the restorations
  3. Care of inlays, onlays, overlays
    • Brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist 

Recovery Expectations

If your restorations has been relatively large or deep, you may feel some soreness in the area. The sensitivity will disappear after over a few days.

Care for Tooth Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

Simply follow good oral hygiene practices:

  • Brush at least twice a day. It is good practice to brush after eating and before bedtime.
  • Floss at least once to twice a day.
  • Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
  • Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
  • See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings

Conclusion – Inlays, Onlays and Overlays

Inlays are onlays are pre-fabricated fillings pieces used to fill damaged portions of teeth. They may be made from gold, porcelain or glass. 

Onlays and inlays are restorative treatments normally treated by an operative dentist, restorative dentist, cosmetic dentist or prosthodontist. Porcelain based inlays and onlays are commonly opted for their aesthetics and strength. As inlays and onlays do not extend outwards over teeth, they can sometime dislodge but can be easily bonded back. If the tooth damage is large or for better overall retention, a dental crown may be recommended. 

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