Porcelain Inlays / Onlays

Richmond Dental clinic in Calgary is your one stop shop for porcelain inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are different than your standard filling because it is a two stage process requiring an outside dental laboratory. Our cosmetic dentists in Calgary can educate you on whether a one day filling or a two stage inlay or onlay is right for you. An inlay or onlay is a cosmetically appealing option favored by patients with a mild type of tooth decay. There are two types of inlays and onlays which can include either an all ceramic or a composite finish and both options are imperceptible to the untrained eye. Porcelain inlays and onlays offer an exceptional amount of strength that makes them an excellent choice for supporting weakened molars or back teeth. For teeth that must stand up to heavy chewing, teeth that are decayed, or teeth that have previously undergone extensive restoration, inlays and onlays can offer superb protection and restoration qualities. Different from crowns which cover the tooth in its entirety, inlays/onlays are intended to protect a particular part of the tooth and require less tooth preparation as a result.

An inlay is when the material is put inside the cavity of the tooth, in this way, it often seems like an ordinary composite white filling. An onlay is is when the material is placed on the surface of the tooth. Both are known as indirect fillings since they are manufactured in a lab prior to their placement in your mouth.

Porcelain inlays and onlays can be customized to meet the shade of your natural teeth, ensuring a more attractive, natural look. Inlays and onlays are fashioned from the same porcelain material used in crowns and bridgework. An inlay or onlay can last up to 30 years which is three to ten times more than your standard filling. However, they are not the inexpensive solution as they tend to cost more than a standard filling due to the materials and time required.

If you’d like to explore your options with inlays / onlays or even just to learn more about them, contact us today for a free dental consultation in Calgary. Richmond Dental is proud to provide the latest options in cosmetic dentistry.