Inlays and Onlays in New Westminster, BC
Our family-friendly practice at Asante Dental Centre provides inlays and onlays to fix asymmetrical, damaged, chipped, or broken teeth. If you have a small or large cavity that is bothering you, please contact our skilled restorative dentists for suitable solutions.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays in New Westminster, BC, are two common types of restorations used to restore loss of tooth structure. Our highly trained dentists fit these custom-made restorations into the grooves of the affected tooth. Once we evaluate your tooth, our experienced dentists will choose either an inlay or onlay, depending on the degree and type of enamel loss.
An inlay is ideal when the cavity is contained within the grooves and has not extended beyond the cusps. When tooth loss is more extensive and extends beyond the tooth’s cusps or edges, we will place an onlay to restore the tooth. In the past, inlays and onlays were fabricated from gold or silver, but we now offer an aesthetic selection of tooth-coloured ceramic, porcelain or composite resin.
Steps for an Inlay or Onlay Procedure
Our patients do not have to be nervous about any pain or sensitivity during the procedure as we will administer a suitable local anesthetic before we begin. Once our highly trained dentists remove the decayed material, we will take precise impressions of the tooth to get your inlay or onlay fabricated.
At Asante Dental Centre, we can typically prepare the permanent inlay or onlay in our office. Inlays and onlays near you are strong, durable and can last for many years with proper care. In case of poor hygiene, the tooth structure underneath the inlay or onlay may decay, and the restoration may need to be replaced.
We will examine the inlays or onlays or other dental restorations you may be wearing for damage, chips, discoloration, or displacement during dental exams. Only a professional dentist can help you determine the right choice between a filling, inlay, onlay or dental crown.