Porcelain Inlays / Onlays in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Composite bonded fillings aren’t the only way to restore problematic teeth. Another great option to restore decay is porcelain inlays / onlays. Besides being an ideal way to strengthen weakened back teeth, porcelain inlays and onlays are great for fortifying teeth under heavy chewing loads and those that have undergone previous dental procedures.

Compared to other restoration options, such as bonded fillings and dental crowns, inlays and onlays are recommended when at least 50% of a tooth’s chewing surface needs to be repaired. This puts these restorations between fillings (which fix a small section of the tooth’s surface) and crowns (which treats a tooth’s entire visible surface area).

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays in HalifaxPorcelain Inlays/Onlays in Halifax NS

Similar to crowns, porcelain inlays / onlays can be constructed from various materials, like porcelain, gold, or composites and resin. Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend a certain type but, from our experience, porcelain inlays and onlays are a popular option due to the fact that porcelain can be matched to your teeth’s natural shade. In addition, porcelain is very strong and provides better durability than composite restorations.

Even though they are quite similar, an inlay is generally smaller than an onlay and is applied to the inner cusps of a tooth. An onlay is larger and extends past over a tooth’s cusps. They only restore a part of a tooth’s chewing surface, while a crown treats the entire visible surface area.

Generally, it takes two appointments to place an inlay or onlay. Your dentist will carefully remove the decayed section of the tooth and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. An impression is taken which will be used to create your custom-made dental restoration. A temporary restoration is placed over your tooth to protect it while your permanent restoration is being created. Once the permanent one is ready to be placed, the temporary restoration is removed and the permanent one is attached to the tooth. With proper care, your inlay and onlay can last for many years.

Contact Dr. Daniel Tam, dentist in Halifax, to set up an appointment today. We offer direct billing and nearby parking for your convenience.

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