Porcelain Inlays/Onlays

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays


One of the many treatments offered at Stouffville Dental Office, Main and Sandiford Dental for chipped, damaged, or decaying sections of your teeth are inlays and onlays.


For damaged or chipped teeth, porcelain inlays and onlays are an aesthetically pleasing and durable alternative to traditional dental fillings and dental crowns. Inlays and onlays offer superb strength and durability that make them an excellent choice for back teeth and molars that need to withstand heavy chewing, or teeth that have been heavily damaged. Speak to your Stoufville Dentist today about the many benefits that inlays and onlays have when compared to alternative methods of restoration.


How are Porcelain inlays and onlays different from other treatments?


Inlays and onlays are alternatives to direct restoration treatments such as fillings that are made out of amalgam or composite material. While direct fillings are placed directly onto the tooth, porcelain inlays and onlays are prepared externally, based on a dental impression of the tooth. These finished restorations are then bonded to the tooth permanently, providing excellent durability and healing to the damaged or chipped area. Inlays and onlays differ from dental crowns because they do not cover the entire tooth, just the portion of the tooth where the damage is, requiring less preparation.


What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?


There are many benefits to inlays and onlays from both an aesthetic and functional perspective. Because they are bonded to the tooth, they provide superior durability and strength when compared to a filling. Because of this, they are ideal for moderate to severely damaged teeth, and provide powerful protection against bacteria and cavities that may spread to other teeth. Because inlays are made out of porcelain, they can be made to match the rest of your teeth, providing a natural look.


What are the differences between inlays and onlays?


Inlays and onlays only differ from where they are placed in the teeth, and how much they cover. An inlay will cover the surfaces between the teeth cusps, while an onlay will cover the entirety of one or more cusps.


Inlays and onlays are stable restorations that provide effective protection. At Main and Sandiford dental, we offer a variety of services, including direct billing, and Stouffville dental emergencies. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you have a smile that you can be proud of.