Lab Made Inlays and Onlays Offer Unique Advantages
Have you ever asked yourself, “Is there an option somewhere between a small filling and a larger protective crown?” There is. Dr. Jan Roberts of Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation incorporates lab-made inlays and onlays to reinforce tooth structure while minimizing the need for more invasive therapies.
What is an Inlay/Onlay?
Lab fabricated restorations like our Tsawwassen, BC inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as “three quarter crowns” or “indirect fillings.”
Instead of being placed in your tooth at the same time the damaged area is removed (as with a filling,) an impression is made and sent to the lab (as with a crown.) The only difference is that only a portion of your tooth will be covered, as opposed to all of it.
As the name implies, inlays and onlays cover or fill a smaller area of tooth, leaving the remaining healthy structure in place. Yet they provide better protection against wear and fractures than a regular filling would.
South Delta, BC Inlay and Onlay Treatments
Most inlay/only procedures will follow the protocol for crown appointments. During your initial visit, our South Delta, BC cosmetic dentist will clear away the damaged, decaying, or compromised tooth structure and then gently reshape the exposed surface. Because inner portions of the tooth may be sensitive, the tooth will need to be anesthetized to keep you comfortable throughout this stage of the treatment.
Next, we will take an impression of the tooth. This model allows us to share anatomical information with our lab, so that the indirect filling can be made to fit a precise manner. In the meantime, a temporary filling or crown will be placed into or onto the tooth to protect it.
About 7-14 days later, your permanent inlay or onlay will be ready to fit in place. Dr. Roberts will ensure that the restoration sits precisely as it should before permanently bonding it to your tooth.
What are Inlays and Onlays Made Of?
As a cosmetic dentist in South Delta, BC, most of our patients prefer to have a white inlay or onlay that matches the color of their natural tooth. Thanks to advanced materials, we are able to incorporate quality porcelain and ceramic blends that are ideal for this purpose.
However, there may be instances where a gold inlay or onlay is preferred. Because gold is very pliable and withstands heavy grinding or chewing, inlays and onlays of this material may be useful in less noticeable areas such as upper back teeth (molars.)
Ask a Cosmetic Dentist
If you’ve been told that your old silver filling needs to be replaced with a crown, we invite you to visit Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation to find out if an inlay or onlay may be appropriate. Many dentists do not offer this service, but Dr. Roberts feels that it is a beneficial and successful option when used in specific situations. Call us today at 604-943-3343 to schedule a no-fuss consultation to learn more or book an appointment online. We are proudly serving the Tsawwassen, South Delta, Ladner and Point Roberts communities.