Dental inlays and onlays are minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures used to restore the functionality and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth. Inlays and outlays are an example of indirect dental restorations. Indirect restorations are fabricated in the dental lab to fit the specific shape and size of the cavity and then bonded to the tooth.
Inlays fit in the grooves within the cusps of the teeth. They don’t extend over the cusps. Dentists use them when the damage to the tooth is minimal. Inlays can also be bonded to the tooth to replace unsightly and defective fillings.
Inlays are often made from tooth-coloured materials such as porcelain and composite resin. Depending on the size and depth of the cavity, inlays can also be made from gold.
Onlays are more extensive than inlays and are made to fit within the grooves and extend onto the chewing surface to replace one or more cusps. An onlay is used when the damage to a tooth is extensive. Onlays were traditionally made of gold, but like inlays, in recent years, more and more are requesting tooth-coloured onlays made from composite resin and porcelain.
Depending on the extent of your cavity, your dentist will help you decide which treatment is appropriate.
The following are the benefits of getting inlays and onlays.
If you require dental inlays or onlays and are searching for a dentist in North Vancouver, contact us at Peak Dental Arts.
At Peak Dental Arts, we offer comprehensive and quality dental care to help you restore the functionality and appearance of your natural teeth.
Call us today to discuss your tooth restoration options.