At Northgate Dental Centre in North Burnaby, we provide dental restorations including inlays and onlays to fix broken, misshapen, chipped, asymmetrical or damaged teeth.
Why would I need inlay or onlay dental restorations?
If a heavily decayed tooth requires more than a filling to be repaired to it's original, a porcelain inlay or onlay may be a suitable restoration option for our patients.
Compared to bonded fillings, inlays and onlays treat more of the tooth’s structure. However, compared to crowns, they don’t restore the entire tooth’s visible surface if compared.
For this reason, inlays and onlays could fall in the middle of the dental restoration spectrum.
How are inlays & onlays different?
Inlays mainly treat the inner cusps of a tooth while onlays treat one or more of the tooth’s cusps so cover a wider surface area.
Similar to our dental crowns, inlays and onlays are made of porcelain which makes these dental restorations a strong, durable, and attractive choice for your teeth.
The porcelain material strengthens the existing tooth structure and protects it from any possible fracture. The material is also stain-resistant which means that the restorations stay whiter for longer periods of time.
Porcelain inlays & onlays treatments can be used for a number of reasons:
Repairing teeth that are decayed
Restoring teeth that are damaged
Strengthening weak back teeth
Fixing teeth that have been previously restored but has been damaged somehow