Dental Inlays & Onlays Collingwood

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Our dentist, Dr. Sarah McVey, offers both Dental Inlays and Onlays for her patients in Collingwood! Although Inlays and Onlays are not as common as other restorative techniques, they are still great treatment options. You should consider having a Consultation with any Dentist in Collingwood that you are considering for your Dental Inlay or Onlay treatment. You can ask questions, talk about financial options, and look over their previous Inlay and Onlay cases.

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What is a Dental Inlay or Onlay?

Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays are one of many restorative treatments used by dentists to restore a tooth’s function and aesthetics. Inlays and Onlays are used specifically when a tooth’s biting surface is significantly damaged. 

Inlays and Onlays are used similarly to Dental Crowns as they are used for restorative purposes and are cemented into place after being created by a professional dental laboratory. When compared to Dental Crowns or Fillings, Inlays & Onlays are more substantial than Dental Fillings but less intrusive than Dental Crowns. However, all three are restorative treatments used to restore a tooth’s function and aesthetics.

Here’s how Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays work:

Dental Inlays

Dental Inlays are specifically made to fit into the chewing surface of a tooth to help restore it after damage from fractures, injury, or decay. The damaged area is replicated using impressions and sent to a lab where the Dental Inlay is created. Our dentist at Collingwood Family Dental can also request a shade match to make sure the Inlay matches your existing tooth structure seamlessly. The material used (usually porcelain or composite) is designed to be stronger than a normal filling and has a longer life expectancy. The created Dental Inlay is then cemented into place to finish the restoration of the tooth.

Dental Onlays

Dental Onlays work very similarly to Dental Inlays, except they will cover a larger area. Dental Onlays are used when there is specific damage to the tooth’s cusps as well as other areas of the biting surface and are designed to strengthen the tooth’s structure. Once the decay is prepared, impressions are taken and sent to the dental laboratory for the Dental Onlay to be made (with proper shading and colouring as well). Again, either porcelain or composite is used for their strength and durability qualities. The final Dental Onlay is then cemented and the tooth is considered to be restored. 

At Collingwood Family Dental, all three restorative treatments (Fillings, Crowns, Inlays/Onlays) are considered when addressing a damaged tooth. Our dentists are very comfortable with Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, and Dental Inlays and Onlays and would be happy to recommend one of these specific treatments for your damaged tooth.

What Materials are Used for Inlays and Onlays?

As these restorative techniques are similar in nature, Dental Inlays and Onlays use many of the same materials as Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges. Our Collingwood Family Dentists will be able to provide you with the best treatment options for your particular case.

Here are the most common materials used for Dental Inlays and Onlays:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain (Ceramic)
  • Composite Resin

All of these materials are considered to be extremely strong and can include a very aesthetic finish to mimic the surrounding natural tooth colour and shade.

What is the Difference Between an Inlay and Onlay?

Although these terms are often used together, they are still separate restorative techniques used by dentists to reach similar results. Dental Inlays are typically smaller and fill cavities and spaces between the cusps, while Dental Onlays can fill the same spaces and also cover the cusps if necessary.

Essentially, Onlays are slightly larger and can cover more area than Inlays. However, both serve the same function in restoring the tooth to its original function and aesthetics and are made of the same materials.

What are the Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays?

There are many benefits to Inlays and Onlays as they are not quite as complex as a Dental Crown, but more stable and durable than a Dental Filling. Our Collingwood Dentists will be able to provide their recommendations for your unique oral health condition.

Here are a few Benefits of Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays:

– Durability and Strength

Higher level of durability and strength than traditional Dental Fillings

– Stain Resistant

Materials used are typically stain resistant

– Life Expectancy

Long life expectancy assuming proper maintenance, check-ups, and oral hygiene

– Colour & Shade Matching

High level of aesthetics and can achieve a very close match to the shade and colour of the natural tooth

What Causes the Need for a Dental Inlay or Onlay?

A Dental Inlay or Dental Onlay is typically needed when there is moderate to severe damage to a tooth’s chewing surface and a regular Dental Filling is deemed to be insufficient in maintaining the integrity of the tooth’s structure.

Here are a few reasons why you may need a Dental Inlay or Dental Onlay:

  • Broken or Fractured tooth that affects the chewing surface of the tooth
  • Significant decay that affects the tooth’s chewing surface and overall structural integrity
  • A Dental Crown does not have enough tooth material to be supported
  • A traditional Dental Filling would not be strong enough to maintain the strength the tooth requires

How are Dental Inlays or Onlays Done?

Dental Inlays and Onlays are very similar to Dental Crowns in that they typically require two appointments to complete and involve sending impressions to a dental laboratory for creation.

Here is how the Dental Inlay and Dental Onlay process works:

– Your First Appointment

The first appointment involves preparing your damaged tooth for the Dental Inlay or Onlay. This includes removing decay and preparing the shape of the tooth to be ready for its Inlay or Onlay. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist or dental assistant from Collingwood Family Dental will take impressions to send to the professional dental laboratory for its creation. Your dentist will also ‘shade match’ to make sure the Inlay or Onlay matches the exact shade of your existing tooth structure.

Your dentist will also place a temporary filling so that your prepared tooth is protected between appointments and you are still able to eat and drink. This appointment will likely take between 45 and 90 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of the case and oral health condition of the patient.

– Your Second Appointment

Your second appointment will include the cementation of the lab’s Dental Inlay or Dental Onlay. First, your temporary filling will be removed and then your dentist will cement and finalize your new Inlay or Onlay. Your dentist will check all margins, shades, and bite alignment to make sure everything is in perfect order. This appointment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case and the oral health condition of the patient.

If you have any questions about the process of getting Dental Inlays or Onlays in Collingwood, our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental would be happy to help!

How Much Does a Dental Inlay or Onlay Cost?

In general, the cost of Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays depends on the complexity of the case and the oral health condition of the patient. However, in most cases, the cost of Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays is more expensive than traditional Dental Fillings but similar to Dental Crowns.

Here are a few factors which significantly affect the cost of Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays:

  • Material Used (Gold, Ceramics, Porcelain, Composite Resin)
  • Number of teeth that are being restored
  • Experience of the dentist (a Specialist will cost more than a General Dentist)
  • Any additional treatment that is required if trauma or extensive decay is present

The actual cost of a Dental Inlay or Onlay is difficult to estimate when so many factors and variables are involved. However, you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $500 to $1,500 per tooth that requires restoration. This does not include fees for Dental X-Rays, Exams, Consultations, or any other dental services. At Collingwood Family Dental, our fees are based on the current year’s Ontario Dental Fee Guide, provided by the Ontario Dental Association. These fees are subject to annual updates, decided on by the Ontario Dental Association.

To get a more accurate quote or estimate, feel free to schedule a Free Consultation with our dentists in Collingwood. Our team will be able to assess your unique oral health condition and provide recommendations for treatment. We also offer sedation and financial options to help make your visit more comfortable.

Are Dental Inlays or Onlays Covered by Dental Insurance?

Dental Inlays and Onlays are often covered by Dental Insurance Plans under Major Restorative work. However, not all Dental Insurance Plans cover Major Restorative work, and some only cover a percentage of the fees. As there are many uncertainties involved, our team at Collingwood Family Dental is always willing to look over your coverage and even submit a pre-determination to see if your Dental Insurance Plan will cover Dental Inlays or Onlays.

At Collingwood Family Dental, we offer Direct Insurance Billing as a convenient service for our patients. This means we submit dental claims and collect payments on the behalf of our patients, helping them to avoid the time-consuming, and often frustrating, paperwork and collection processes.


How to Schedule a Dental Inlay or Onlay at Collingwood Family Dental

To schedule an Inlay or Onlay treatment with our dentists at Collingwood Family Dental, simply call email, walk in or book your appointment online via our website’s online scheduling platform. You can even walk into our location at 1 Huron St, Collingwood and we’ll find a time to schedule you in for an appointment! We’d be more than happy to offer you a Free Consultation to go over your options and allow you to ask questions so you’re comfortable with the treatment and financial options. 

Our services for Dental Inlays and Onlays are not only available for people in the Collingwood area, but also for those in Wasaga Beach, Thornbury, The Blue Mountains, Nottawa, Clarksburg, Springwater, New Lowell, Creemore, Stayner, Clearview, and all surrounding areas! We offer Direct Insurance Billing, accept all major forms of insurance, and emergency dental care, and welcome family bookings for patients of all ages!

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