The use of fillings, whether in amalgam, also called “silver fillings” or in composite, also called “white fillings”, is the most common way to repair a dental cavity, but there is an alternative treatment: dental inlays/onlays. If your tooth is affected by a big cavity, or if you want to replace old fillings that have become more visible with time, dental onlays are a viable option. In addition, they protect the tooth against future damage and improve its strength to better endure the pressures caused by chewing.
Dental onlays are used to restore the surface of a damaged tooth. In this case, a dentist can choose to use an onlay instead of a crown. Dental onlays offer an alternative solution to fillings, since they replace the part of the tooth that is damaged by a cavity, natural wear or other damages.
It is also important to note that a dental onlay that is placed inside wall of the tooth is called an inlay. In what concerns the longevity of an inlay, they have a longer life span than fillings, but as any other treatment, oral hygiene is an important factor.
Dental onlays are made from porcelain or gold and have a pleasing appearance. Also, gold is a first-choice material for making onlays, since it is more resistant and has a considerable life span. Let us note that porcelain is a popular choice given its strength and its colour, which corresponds to the natural tones of teeth.
Another advantage of dental inlays/onlays is that they can be made on-site, at Centre Dentaire Champlain. CEREC technology allows us to design a custom inlay/onlay on the computer and on-site in a single visit, without having to send a print of your teeth to an external lab.
How Long Do Dental Onlays Last?
It is important to note that dental onlays are very durable and effectively restore the look of your teeth and your smile. Of course, as you can see, the care of your teeth is essential at all times and plays an important role in terms of how long any dental treatment lasts, such that the length of any dental treatment depends on the care you put into your teeth and your hygiene.
How Are Dental Inlays/Onlays Installed?
Thanks to CEREC’s advanced technology, the installation of a dental onlay can be done over a single visit to Centre Dentaire Champlain. CEREC technology, the acronym for the Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, uses a ceramic material to restore a damaged tooth. During your visit at Centre Dentaire Champlain, the damaged part of your tooth is cleaned and it is not removed!
The use of porcelain is ideal, because it offers a natural-looking result that mimics the shape and structure of your teeth, which allows you to maintain as healthy as possible enamel. CEREC technology is recognised by many clinical studies and has been offered in dentists’ offices for more than 20 years now.
To learn more about dental onlays or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Lynda Tabet and her team today.