Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to repair your teeth, and improve their function and appearance. We offer inlay and onlay services at our Abbotsford office.


Dental Inlays & Onlays, Abbotsford Dentist

Inlays

An inlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material. Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma.

Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.

Benefits

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Aesthetic improvement

The Treatment Process

An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments with the dentist.

Your first appointment will include taking several impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling material. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.

During your second appointment, your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

The patient will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. 

Onlays

An onlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. 

Onlays can be used to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.

Benefits

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Aesthetic improvement
  • Fractured or large fillings

The Treatment Process

An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. The first appointment will include taking impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary restoration.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling material. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while the onlay is made by a dental laboratory.

During the second appointment, the new onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

The patient will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the treatment. 


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