Kanata Inlays or Onlays Fillings

Inlays and onlays are used when a cavity is large, but the surrounding tooth structure is still healthy. Whereas a dental crown Kanata requires the removal of some tooth structure to fit the cap, inlays or onlays will fit within the cleaned-out cavity. An inlay sits in a hole in the tooth, where an onlay sits on top of the tooth to help build up the tooth’s shape.

Inlays and onlays can be made from several types of material. The most common are gold or porcelain. Both are strong and durable, and will solidify your tooth for a very long time.

When porcelain is used to create an dental inlay or onlay, it will help restore the health of your tooth while maintaining or improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile, since it can be colour matched to the surrounding natural tooth.

Due to their strength and superior sealing qualities, inlays and onlays will in most cases outlast a regular white filling by double the time. However, as with all restorations, inlays and onlays are not permanent and may, after many years require replacing. Our professionals at March Dental will help you make the right choice when the time comes to consider an inlay or onlay.

Reasons for using an inlay or onlay

  • An onlay will be primarily used where the exterior of the tooth has been damaged or decayed to such a degree that the tooth becomes weak. A denser stronger material is necessary to restore the shape of the tooth to ideal function,
  • An onlay is an excellent and conservative alternative to a crown in circumstances where considerable tooth structure has been lost, yet the remaining tooth is still healthy and solid enough such that reinforcement with a crown is not necessary,
  • An inlay will be primarily used where most of the material will actually fill the interior of the tooth and only a small portion of the material making up the tooth wall, and
  • An inlay will fill a hollowed out portion of the tooth and restore strength and integrity to the tooth in a way that often supersedes a regular white (composite) filling due to a superior seal achieved and often decreased sensitivity involved.

What’s involved in getting an inlay or onlay

When you come to March Dental to have an Kanata inlay or onlay restoration completed, you can expect to make two visits. During your first visit, the dentist in Kanata will remove the entire damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and prepare the surface to receive the inlay or onlay. Afterwards, the dentist will take an impression (mold) of your tooth and send it to the dental laboratory to fabricate your inlay or onlay. Before you leave your first visit, a temporary restoration will be placed to protect your tooth until your real inlay or onlay is created.

At your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary material from your tooth and clean the prepared surface area to receive the real inlay or onlay. The dentist may have to make some small adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. Then the real inlay or onlay is cemented in place.

As always, maintaining the long-term reliability of your inlay or onlay will be dependent on your continual optimal home care and regular visits with us at March Dental.

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