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Inlays and Onlays

Your Fort McMurray Choice for Inlays & Onlays

If you have a tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not so damaged that it needs a crown, inlays and onlays might be the solution for you. Eagle Ridge Dental Clinic is pleased to offer this effective restorative option that allows your teeth to keep their natural look!

What is an Inlay and Onlay?

Process of getting an Inlay or Onlay

Getting an inlay or onlay usually takes two appointments. At the first appointment, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, making sure to remove the damaged or decayed area of the tooth. To ensure proper fit and bit, an impression of your teeth is made and sent to the lab for fabrication. Your dentist will then apply a temporary sealant to the tooth and schedule your next appointment. During your second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed and your custom created inlay or onlay is placed onto the teeth, making sure it fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and then polished for a smooth finish.

Considerations for Inlays and Onlays

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

Benefits of an Inlay or Onlay

  • Made from high quality material
  • Durable and long lasting with proper care
  • Can treat tooth decay while preserving the tooth’s structure
  • Can eliminate tooth sensitivity and tooth loot
  • Can give restored tooth a natural, aesthetic appearance