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Porcelain Inlays and Onlays in Calgary
Porcelain inlays and onlays are frequently used at our Calgary, Alberta practice to restore weakened or damaged teeth. These dental restorations are placed in order to reinforce a tooth structure for added protection. In the tier of conservative vs. more involved procedures, porcelain inlays and onlays fall somewhere between white fillings and porcelain crowns. They are generally stronger and longer lasting than regular fillings, but do not offer quite as much coverage as crowns.
Both inlays and onlays serve the same purpose. Dr. Cload may recommend these treatments to patients who have larger areas of tooth decay or damage that have not compromised the tooth structure enough to warrant a porcelain crown. The difference lies in the location of the porcelain restoration.
Porcelain inlay: placed on chewing surfaces of teeth (between the cusps)
Porcelain onlay: placed over one or more cusps.
The Inlay/Onlay Procedure
First, Dr. Cload will numb the area. If the restoration will replace an old filling, the filling is carefully removed. If the inlay or onlay is addressing decay, the bacteria will be taken out of the tooth. Dr. Cload will smooth and shape the area to make room for the new addition. Then, a mold is taken of your tooth. After the inlay or onlay is custom made in our lab, you will come back in for placement. Don’t worry, you’ll get a functional temporary restoration that will rest in place until your next appointment. No one wants to walk around with a great big hole in their tooth.
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Learn about your cosmetic dentistry options including porcelain inlays and onlays at Southcentre Dental Clinic in Calgary, Alberta. Please contact us today and we’ll set you up with a first visit. A beautiful new smile could be just a phone call away.