Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are custom-made fillings which fit precisely into decayed or damaged teeth. 


What is the difference between inlays and onlays?

Inlays fit inside the cusps (or bumps) of a tooth, similar to a composite filling. Onlays cover more surface area than inlays and wrap over one or more edges of the tooth.

What materials are inlays and onlays constructed from?

Inlays and onlays can be made from a number of different materials. They can be constructed with porcelain, composite resin, or gold. Each material has certain advantages and disadvantages. Our experienced team will be pleased to help you select the material that is best suited for your teeth and your lifestyle.


Are inlays or onlays right for me?

Before recommending an inlay or onlay, our skillful team will examine the tooth requiring treatment and make a recommendation. An inlay will usually only be recommended if the decay or damage to the tooth structure is not significant. Since onlays are able to help support the structure of the tooth, onlays are typically recommended for teeth with more major damage.

How will my inlay or onlay be fitted?

Inlays and onlays are placed over the course of two appointments.

During your first appointment, our team will carefully remove any decay from your tooth. Next, we will take impressions of your smile to send to the lab where the inlay or onlay will be prepared. At the end of this first appointment, a temporary filling will be placed in your tooth.

Inlays & Onlays, Downtown Hamilton Dentist

During your second appointment, the temporary filling will be removed and your customized inlay or onlay will be fitted and bonded to your tooth. The result of an inlay or onlay procedure is a durable, aesthetically pleasing restoration of your natural tooth.

If you have any questions about inlays and onlays, or any other dental procedure, please contact our knowledgeable team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.


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