Porcelain Inlays/Onlays - Dentist In Orleans - Orleans Dental

If you lose a chunk of your tooth’s surface, you don’t necessarily replace it with a crown; there are ways to restore the lost part without making major structural changes. While composite bonded fillings and dental crowns are successful methods of restoration, they lack the precision and quality of finish porcelain inlays and onlays can provide. Luckily, at Orleans Gardens Dental Centre, our cosmetic dentists in Orleans will happily treat your dental needs with porcelain inlays/onlays.

What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

An Inlay is used in cases of just a tiny portion of the tooth being broken off. By repairing just one cusp or an even smaller area, Inlay grants dentists the freedom to tend to fine details and provide patients with a neat finish. Onlays deal with greater restorations, aiming to repair more than one cusp of the damaged surface.

What are the benefits of porcelain inlays/onlays?

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays require much less preparation than the alternatives, hence keeping most of your natural tooth intact. The material that makes up porcelain grants greater flexibility when it comes to moulding to the structure of the tooth. Also, this material can mimic the texture and colour of enamel nicely, making the restoration look absolutely natural. Porcelain is much more resistant to harmful foreign elements, as compared to composite fillings, hence providing long lasting shine and a clean look.

What happens during a porcelain inlay/onlay procedure?

Our dentists in Orleans will first perform an examination on your mouth and teeth to see if porcelain inlays or onlays are the best suited dental solution for you. Next, they’ll numb you with local anesthetic and then they will drill your tooth to remove and clean out any decay. Our dentistswill then take an impression of your teeth and send the impression to the lab, where the inlay or onlay is created. While the inlay or onlay is being made at the lab, our dentists will place a temporary inlay or onlay on the tooth. Once, we receive the finished inlay or onlay, we’ll call you in for an appointment and then replace the temporary with it.

Do porcelain inlays/onlays hurt?

Most people experience little to no pain after a porcelain inlay/onlay procedure at our Orleans dental clinic. But if you ever experience discomfort or pain, please do not hesitate to contact us, so we can book you in immediately. We don’t want you to experience further pain and discomfort, so it’s always best to call in.

How long do porcelain inlays and onlays last?

On average, porcelain inlays and onlays lasts for about 20-30 years without needing any replacing. Of course, this all depends on how well you take care of them.

How to take care of porcelain inlays and onlays?

To maintain the health and lifetime of your inlays and onlay, do the following steps:

  • Brush at least twice every day. To keep harmful bacteria at bay, clean your teeth thoroughly two to three times a day, preferably about 30 minutes after every meal.
  • Floss once a day to clean between the teeth, helping reduce tartar, plaque and the risk of decay.
  • Avoid chewing on ice, your nails, pencils, pens as it can wear down the material quicker.
  • Avoid hard and sticky food since it can dislodge your restorations and it can cause them to crack or break.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect the enamel in your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly since they can help maintain the health of your restorations and teeth, as well as, prevent any damage to happen.

Contact us at Orleans Gardens Dental Centre in Orleans, Ontario and find out how you can benefit from our restorative services, or book an appointment online!

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Last Updated On 2021-10-25