Inlays and Onlays in Ottawa
Inlays are restorations that fit over the chewing surface of a molar. They’re often used in cases where a simple filling would not be sufficient. Onlays are very similar, but they’re larger and used when there is extensive damage on the cusps (or raised sections) of your tooth.
Why Use an Inlay/Onlay Instead of a Filling?
Depending on your situation, a dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay rather than a typical dental filling. If the damage to your tooth is mainly on the chewing surface, an inlay or onlay might be a better fit than a filling. Like a filling, an inlay or onlay provides long-term protection and strength to the tooth.
What is the Process for Getting Inlays and Onlays?
Unlike regular dental fillings, inlays and onlays need to be manufactured in a lab. As a result, you will likely have to come in for two separate visits: one to take an impression, and one to affix the completed restoration to your tooth.