Inlays and onlays may be used when decay has damaged a tooth significantly and a regular filling is not be enough to maintain its structural integrity.
Our Calgary dental clinic offers both white porcelain and gold alloy for use in inlays and onlays. If you choose to have one placed, our dentists will:
Apply a local anesthetic to reduce pain pre-emptively
Remove decay from one or more teeth
Make an impression of your teeth
Send impression to lab to create custom fitted inlays/onlays
Schedule a visit to insert and cement the finished inlays/onlays
Also known as partial crowns, inlays are used when the cusps (points) of a tooth haven't been damaged, while onlays are used when the cusps have been affected by decay.
Inlays and onlays are some of the longest lasting options available to those facing serious tooth decay. We understand that our patients must weigh their choices carefully, so we will happily answer any questions you have about any recommended treatment, or your dental health in general.
Since inlays and onlays are made specifically to fit your teeth, they feel more comfortable and are less likely to develop decay between the natural tooth material and the porcelain or gold alloy material. They're a worthwhile last line of defense before a root canal and full crown may be necessary.
Depending on your dental plan, certain types of inlays and onlays may be covered. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about your coverage and how we can help relieve your dental pain, and improve the health of your smile.
Smaller cavities and decay can be treated with white tooth fillings in a single appointment. Sedation is an option to discuss with your dentist if anxiety has prevented you from treating your teeth or if multiple teeth need to be addressed at once. Bring your questions to Northmount Dental Care and we gladly answer them for you.