Tooth decay is, unfortunately, a common dental issue for many patients. In most cases, a dental filling is sufficient to solve the problem and prevent further damage from occurring. When the damage is severe, a root canal or dental crown may be necessary. However, there are cases that fall between these two stages of decay, when the damage is too serious for a filling to fix, but not severe enough to receive a dental crown. In these instances, the solution is to treat the tooth with a dental inlay or onlay. Dr. Yao and the staff at Wyndam Manor Dental Care in Ajax, Ontario are trained in providing inlay and onlay treatments.
Dental onlays are used when the restoration is required to cover one or more of the points of the teeth or over the entire chewing surface, Onlays can be made of composite resin, porcelain, or gold.
Similar to the treatment for placing dental inlays, the area surrounding the affected tooth will first be numbed to receive a dental onlay. The tooth will then be prepared by having the decay or damage removed and the tooth cleaned. Impressions will then be taken of the tooth. These are sent to a dental laboratory, where the onlay will be created. While waiting for the onlay to return, a temporary onlay will be placed on the prepared tooth. A second appointment will be needed to place the completed onlay onto the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are an effective, affordable approach to restoring teeth damaged by tooth decay. The professional team at Wyndam Manor Dental Care in Ajax, Ontario uses the latest dental technology to give you a great smile and protect your health. To learn more about inlays, onlays or other treatment options, please contact the office staff to schedule your appointment.