Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

What is the difference between inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are custom-made fillings that our team can apply to decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays fit inside the cusps (or bumps) of your tooth, like a bonded filling. Onlays are similar to inlays, but they cover more of the tooth’s surface area and wrap over at least one edge of the tooth.

How will I know if an inlay or onlay is right for me?

The first step to determining if an inlay or onlay is right for you is a thorough assessment of the tooth that requires treatment. After a detailed examination, we will be able to make a recommendation. An inlay is typically only an option when the decay or damage to the structure of the tooth is minimal. If the tooth has sustained more than a minimal amount of damage, an onlay will likely be appropriate since it can help to support the structure of the tooth.

What will happen during the placement procedure?

Placing both inlays and onlays is a two-step process and will be completed over the course of two appointments. At your first appointment, our dental team will remove any decay, if any, from your tooth and take impressions to send to the lab where the inlay or onlay will be prepared. Before this first appointment is completed, our skilled team will place a temporary filling into your tooth.

During your second appointment, we will remove your temporary filling and your custom-made inlay or onlay will be fitted and bonded to your tooth. The result will be a strong, sturdy and attractive restoration of your original tooth.

If you have any questions about inlays and onlays, or any other dental procedure, please contact our friendly team at Fort Malden Dentistry.


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