Our Halifax dentists at Robie Street Dental Centre offer inlays and onlays as cosmetic dental procedures to help improve the aesthetics of your smile.
What are Inlays & Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are fillings which are created outside of a patient's mouth and then bonded with their teeth using a dental adhesive.
At our dental clinic in downtown Halifax, our dentists use inlays and onlays to treat teeth which have become too damaged to support standard fillings but not so damaged enough as to warrant a dental crown.
Inlays are larger stand standard dental fillings and can be used to treat decay in the fissures and pits of teeth. They fill in the space between the cusps of the tooth's surface.
Due to advancements in dental medicine, inlays are now strong enough to be placed on molars as well as front teeth. Aesthetic inlays can be created from porcelain or composite materials in order to improve your smile's natural beauty.
Onlays cover up one or more cusps of a tooth. In some instances, they can even cover the entire biting surface of a given tooth. Onlays are only used when a dental crown would be considered excessive.
Generally speaking, onlays last longer and are stronger than a standard dental filling. With the proper amount of care, you can expect to have your onlay for up to thirty years.