Porcelain Inlays / Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays offer a robust and attractive alternative to traditional composite fillings. At Yazdani Family Dentistry in Kanata & Kemptville we offer our patients porcelain inlays and onlays to restore weakened molars and for creating more uniformed surfaces across teeth.

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Why to Consider Porcelain
Inlays & Onlays

Do you have large metal fillings still in your teeth? Or, do you require a filling but you’re not quite sure what type is best? If so, you may want to consider porcelain inlays and onlays. Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom manufactured inserts that are securely bonded in large spaces where there is less healthy tooth structure present. They are used to repair damaged teeth, prevent further decay, stabilize the tooth structure, and look like your natural teeth. The difference between the two is that porcelain inlays sit in the hole of your tooth while onlays sit on top to help rebuild the shape. Both are created in a lab by an experienced ceramist.

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Checking tooth colour for porcelain inlays


Solid Material That Holds
Up Well Over Time

Inlays and onlays are typically considered for teeth that have deep cavities or have been severely damaged. In fact, they offer the protection and strength of a crown without the need for extensive tooth preparation. Made from the same strong, tooth-coloured material as dental crowns and bridges, porcelain inlays and onlays are customized to match your tooth shape and shade, and are much stronger and more durable than composite restorations.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are often installed within two appointments. The first appointment involves making impressions of your teeth, removing any old filling material, and placing a temporary dental filling in its place. Once your permanent restoration is ready, you’ll return to our office to have it placed.


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Porcelain Inlays & Onlays:
A Far Superior Look

Porcelain is much more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam. Considering they can be matched perfectly to the existing tooth colour, they will look more natural than other types of fillings. They are also incredibly strong and will often last much longer than other filling materials. Once bonded, they also help improve the strength and structure of the tooth, adding better functionality and preventing the risk of further damage.

To find out whether porcelain inlays and onlays are right for you and your situation, schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists today at Yazdani Family Dentistry. We’re always available to answer any of your questions regarding our tooth restoration options available to our patients.

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Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions, naturally, about the wide range of dental services we perform here at our Kanata & Kemptville dental clinics. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Don't see yours answered here? Feel free to reach out to Yazdani Family Dentistry.

Yes and no. They have the same role as a filling. That is to say they are used to patch a hole in a tooth caused by a cavity. Inlays and onlays are different in that they are considered an “indirect” restoration because they are made outside of the patient’s mouth and bonded to the tooth rather than packing filling material into the hole where the cavity was.

No. It will take two appointments to complete this procedure. The first appointment will involve removing tooth decay from the cavity, taking an impression of the tooth, matching tooth colour for the inlay or onlay, and installing a temporary filling.

After the first appointment, the inlay or onlay will be made in a dental lab. Once it is done, the patient returns for a second appointment where we remove the temporary filling and bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth.

A porcelain onlay covers the cusp (end point) of a tooth while an inlay does not.

Like any other form of dental restoration, a porcelain inlay or onlay won’t last forever. However, they are very durable and long-lasting. They will usually need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

Much like dental fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays can fall off. Although, this is not common. Over the years, temperature changes, and pressure from chewing food can take their toll on the bonding material which can cause it to fail. If an inlay or onlay falls off your tooth, then contact us right away for an appointment to have a new one applied.