Our family dentists at Apple Dental Care in Edmonton offer dental inlays and onlays, a treatment designed to restore, protect and strengthen damaged and decayed teeth.
What are inlay and onlay treatments?
More conservative than a crown, inlays and onlays are methods of restoring healthy tooth structure after decay or damage. Inlays and onlays are considered as indirect fillings made of porcelain or composite resin.
An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface, including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.
What to expect when getting inlays or onlays
An inlay or onlay procedure takes one visit to complete, thanks to our Omnicam technology. During your visit we assess your tooth and suggest the best solution according to the extent of damage.
An impression of the tooth is taken and an inlay or onlay is crafted and fitted into place. We may smooth the inlay or onlay to fit comfortably. It is then bonded to the tooth to permanently set it.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
- Durability: Dental inlays and onlays are composed of durable material. These are stronger, more durable than silver mercury fillings for example.
- Longevity: Dental inlays and onlays prolong tooth life and may prevent the need for future dental treatment of a decayed tooth.