Inlays and onlays can help restore a large part of a tooth’s structure without completely covering it like a crown. At Monk Dental center, we believe in offering our patients the best treatment options to minimize the impact on your healthy teeth during dental repairs.
An inlay is similar to a filling and is used inside the cusp of a tooth. Porcelain inlays are the most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. They are permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist and are used to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged. They represent an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings and offer certain advantages over crowns since less tooth structure is removed during the procedure. They are highly durable and will last many years but are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.
An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction. Though similar to the inlay it extends out over one or more of the cusps of a tooth. Porcelain onlays are popular because they resemble your natural teeth and are permanently cemented onto the tooth. They are used to fix teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma and represent an ideal alternative to crowns because less tooth structure is removed. Onlays are similar to inlays with the exception that one or more of the cusps have been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
The treatment process for inlays and onlays is very similar to that used for dental crowns. After your initial examination and x-rays, we will schedule two appointments for your treatment. The first visit will consist of numbing the area around the tooth, then removing damaged enamel, cavities or restorations already in place. The tooth will then be prepared and an impression taken for our laboratory to create a custom-made restoration that will fit exactly to your tooth anatomy. A temporary filling or crown will then be placed on your tooth until your next appointment about two weeks later. During the second visit, your tooth will be cleaned and the permanent inlay or onlay will be adjusted and finally glued in place (usually without anesthesia).
You will receive instructions at the end of your treatment to help maintain good oral hygiene practices, follow an appropriate diet and remember regular visits to your dentist to keep your new inlay or onlay functional as long as possible.
If you have been told that you need a crown and would like to know if there is another option, we invite you to make an appointment for a free consultation with our dental team.
Each inlay/onlay is made of durable porcelain material that can restore your smile’s beauty and functionality. Call us today at 514-768-3331 to start receiving the dental care you deserve.
Monk Dental Center in Montreal (Ville-Émard) offers general dentistry, family dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, denturology and much more. Our clinic is at the cutting edge of technology and our team is very proud to help the residents of the city of Montreal achieve healthy and radiant smiles! We are always accepting new patients.