Porcelain Inlays/Onlays North York - Cosmetic Dentist in Toronto

There are different degrees to which a tooth can be damaged. And oftentimes, these call for a variety of solutions to ensure that patients get the exact level of treatment their ailment calls for. 


When teeth are fractured, worn or decayed more extensively than a filling can properly repair, but not so extensively that a crown is necessary, inlays/onlays may be the best solution.  


If the damage is minor, an amalgam filling would likely be sufficient. Dental fillings involve simply drilling out the infected areas of the tooth, and filling the hole with amalgam, before shaping it to ensure that the repair feels unobtrusive to the patient. 


If the damage to the inside of your tooth is more extensive, you might need an inlay. Inlays are crafted in a dental laboratory to perfectly fit the empty space in your tooth left behind after the infected area has been drilled away. They require an initial visit to clear the cavity and take measurements, and a secondary visit to install the custom made inlay.


Onlays are like inlays, but larger, usually replacing one or more entire cusps (the points or peaks that combine to make up a back tooth) on a molar. 


Inlays/Onlays can be made of gold for maximum strength and resilience, or porcelain in order to be strong, but also to match the colour of your natural teeth.


A good way to remember which is which is that inlays go in your teeth, onlays are used when part of the top of the tooth (the cusp) also needs to be replaced. And a crown is used when the insert needs to cover the entirety of the tooth.


Ask Dr. Chung, your Toronto dentist, if inlays or onlays are the right choice for you! Please don't hesitate to contact us at Dentistry On Bayview, or request an appointment at our dental office by filling out our online form.

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Last Updated On 2021-10-19