Porcelain Inlays/Onlays in Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert & Edmonton

Inlays and onlays protect and restore large portions of decayed, heavily restored teeth, or teeth under very heavy load (i.e. molar teeth). Unlike crowns, they only cover a portion of the tooth, and are therefore more conservative on the amount of tooth preparation required.

The main difference between tooth-colored composite restoration and inlay/onlays is that the latter are fabricated using a laboratory process and differing materials. This usually necessitates 2 visits to complete treatment. The direct composite (tooth-coloured) fillings are done in 1 visit, but are not always suitable for larger areas needing restoration.

 

The main difference between tooth-colored composite restoration and inlay/onlays is that the latter are fabricated using a laboratory process and differing materials.

Here at Smiles Dental Group, a porcelain inlay/ onlay is custom made so that it perfectly fits inside a prepared tooth. It is firmly bonded to prevent further decay and stabilize the surrounding tooth structure, giving your teeth a completely natural look.

Advantages of porcelain inlays/ onlays:

The porcelain restoration can be custom-made to match the existing look and give a completely natural look. As compared to amalgam or metal, they can be more aesthetically pleasing.

They are stain resistant

What is the difference between a porcelain inlay/onlay and composite filling?

A composite filling is made of putty like resin that is filled in the cavity and hardened using a special light. Porcelain inlays/onlays are hard custom-made inserts that are generally placed in larger cavities. They are fixed in place to prevent further decay, make the surrounding tooth structure more stable, and look like your natural teeth. In addition, for composite filling only one visit to dentist is enough, so it is a direct restoration. On the other hand, porcelain inlays/onlays require at least two visits to the dentist. So, they are considered indirect restorations.

Our inlay/onlay process:

Usually, two visits are needed for the placements of the dental inlays/onlays. In the first visit, our dentist will take an impression of your tooth that will be later sent to the dental lab to make the permanent dental inlay or onlay. During your second visit, our dentist will fit the custom made permanent inlay or onlay over your tooth.  The inlay or onlay is also polished and adjusted to ensure proper bite alignment.

To find out if a porcelain inlay/onlay is suitable for you, schedule an appointment today at Smiles Dental Group.