Your Teeth, but Stronger
When a tooth is damaged just beyond what a filling can fix, we like to avoid removing more tooth structure than needed to make room for a crown. This is where dental inlays and dental onlays come in. They provide us with a middle ground between fillings and crowns to treat only the affected area of the tooth.
Inlays vs. onlays
Dental Inlays and onlays are the same kind of restoration, but they cover different amounts of the tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling, in that it fits inside the cusps, or bumps, of your tooth. An onlay covers more surface area, wrapping over at least one of your cusps, and sometimes covering the entire biting surface of the tooth. Inlays and dental onlays can be custom-made in ceramic, so they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth in both shape and colour.
Procedure and care
You’ll need two visits to get inlays or dental onlays placed. At your first appointment, we’ll remove the decay from your tooth, take impressions of it and fit you with a temporary filling. When you come back, this will be removed, and your dental inlay or onlay will be bonded in place.
As with any of our restorations, the best way to maintain them is by practicing excellent oral hygiene. That means brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups and cleanings.