If you have cracks, chips, or cavities in your back teeth that are not extensive enough to require dental crowns, you may be a perfect candidate for inlays and onlays. A dental inlay is a restoration that fits neatly inside the grooves of a molar, while an onlay extends over the cusps of a tooth. Dental inlays may be made from different materials, including gold and composite resin. Porcelain inlays and onlays rank highly in terms of popularity owing to their inconspicuousness, durability, and stain-resistance.
At Northwest Prosthodontics, we recommend porcelain inlays and onlays to patients who have healthy tooth roots, and cavities that cannot be treated using conventional fillings.
Porcelain inlays and onlays typically require two appointments. During your first visit, our dentist embarks on tooth preparation after ascertaining that you are a suitable candidate for inlays or onlays. If you have a cavity, Dr. Adatia will remove all signs of decay as well as thoroughly clean the tooth. This step requires anesthesia. Northwest Prosthodontics provides various anesthesia options to ensure that all patients, regardless of their varying levels of dental anxiety, get to experience virtually painless and comfortable dental appointments.
After cleaning, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth to send to out dental lab. The dental lab manufactures your inlays or onlays, which are ready for fitting during your next appointment.
During your second appointment, we will test the inlay or onlay to check whether it’s an ideal fit for your tooth. Dr. Adatia will bond it to your teeth after determining that the inlay or onlay is perfect in terms of color, size, and shape. Bonding requires the use of strong dental adhesives. Afterward, our dentist in Calgary, Alberta, will polish your “brand new” tooth to achieve an aesthetically pleasing finish.
We advise patients with mild to moderate tooth damage to seriously consider inlays and onlays because of the various benefits associated with this type of dental restorations, which include:
Want to save your teeth before further damage occurs? Give Northwest Prosthodontics a call today and book an appointment.