Inlays and Onlays
Inlays & Onlays Filling Downtown Ottawa
Eliminating the Margin of Error
Inlays and onlays are two types of dental restorations services that can be used to replace the decayed parts of the tooth surface. They essentially represent the same type of restoration, with one differentiator – an onlay covers or recreates the tooth’s cusp (the natural protrusions at the corners of your teeth) while the inlay fits in between the teeth’s cusps.
The main difference between inlays or onlays and the traditional “fillings” is the fact that the “fillings” are done right in the office while the inlays or onlays are designed and manufactured in a dental lab. There are two significant benefits when considering inlays or onlays versus the traditional “fillings”:
- Durability – Inlays and Onlays tend to withstand the wear and tear that teeth are subjected to better than traditional fillings.
- Protection – Inlays and Onlays traditionally offer better protection against recurrent decay than traditional “fillings” as a result of their ability to form closer lines of contact between the restoration and the natural tooth (i.e. form a better seal).