If you have a tooth that has been compromised as a result of decay or physical damage, Calgary dentists Dr. Sahra Kanji and Dr. Mehbs Ali may recommend a dental inlay or onlay to restore the tooth to its original strength. Porcelain inlays and onlays are essentially tooth-colored fillings that are a step above regular composite fillings in terms of coverage area and level of protection.
About Dental Onlays and Inlays
Dental inlays and onlays are porcelain tooth colored restorations that help build a tooth up once it has been weakened. They offer more protection than a regular filling and typically last longer.
A porcelain inlay is an effective solution for damage or decay within a single valley cusp of a tooth’s biting surface. A porcelain onlay is used when the damage extends beyond one cusp.
Both porcelain inlays and onlays are placed using the same process. Our inlays and onlays are finely crafted from high-grade dental porcelain for results that look great and withstand many years of wear and tear. Unlike metal onlays and inlays, they will not expand and contract with temperature fluctuations or cause cracks in tooth structure. If you have old amalgam fillings that you would like to hide, we can replace them with safe, attractive tooth colored porcelain inlays and onlays.
The Inlay/Onlay Process
Dr. Kanji and Dr. Ali use the Cadent iTero™ system to create digital impressions of your treated tooth. By capturing a 3-D image of your tooth surfaces with a high level of accuracy and clarity, we are able to design your restoration for a perfect fit and natural looking appearance.
Your inlay or onlay procedure takes just two visits to complete. First, Dr. Kanji and Dr. Ali carefully remove all of the decayed portions of your tooth. If your restoration is helping a tooth that is cracked or broken, they will remove enough of the tooth surface to smooth out the contours and make room for your new restoration. Dr. Kanji and Dr. Ali then take the digital iTero impression, which works by scanning the tooth. Your exceptional quality restoration is then crafted by our local lab partners at the Aurum Group using your digital impression.
A temporary restoration is placed while the permanent one is being constructed at the lab. Once your new inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to our office so that Dr. Kanji or Dr. Ali can complete the procedure. At this time, the temporary inlay or onlay is removed and the permanent fixture is bonded in place, adjusted, and polished for a beautiful result.