Compared to dental crowns, onlays and inlays are offer a more conservative and less invasive approach to restoring teeth. They are the best solution when dealing with teeth that have moderate tooth decay or cracks where the damage does not require the placement of a crown. Onlay refers to the restoration that extends to cover the tooth’s cusp whereas inlay refers to the restoration that fits inside the tooth, much like a filling.

What are the benefits of onlays and inlays?

  1. They have the most natural tooth shape and colour making them virtually invisible, compared to metal fillings.
  2. They have a great fit! They will not expand or contract, whereas metal filling may do so.
  3. Longevity. They can last up to 30 years!
  4. They require minimal removal of the tooth’s surface, helping preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.

What is the process of getting an onlay or inlay?

The process is quite simple and not invasive and should only require two visits at MDS. During your first visit, we will remove any decay and existing restorations and prepare your tooth for the onlay or inlay. We will then take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to the laboratory to create the perfect size restoration. No need to worry, before you leave we will fit your tooth with a temporary onlay or inlay to protect your tooth between visits and avoid any discomfort. During your second visit, we will remove the temporary material and fit your brand new onlay or inlay!

At MDS, we offer a variety of dental inlays and onlays depending on the extent of damage to your teeth. For example, composite resin is used for minor repairs whereas ceramic restorations may be necessary for extensive damage or partial crowns. Porcelain inlays and indirect restorations are fabricated by our dental laboratory for a more permanent solution. All our restorations, including composite fillings and ceramic inlays and onlays, are designed to restore the biting surface of your teeth while also preserving their optimal oral health.