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Dental Inlays and Onlays in Kingston, ON

Inlays and onlays are custom restorations that repair damaged teeth, offering a durable and aesthetic alternative to fillings.

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What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are essential restorative treatments used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. These treatments are ideal when a standard filling isn’t sufficient, yet a full crown would be excessive. By understanding the differences and benefits of inlays and onlays, you can make informed decisions about your dental health.


What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?


Dental Inlays

Dental inlays are custom-made restorations that fit into the grooves of your tooth without covering the cusps. They are typically used for repairing a small area of decay or damage.

Dental Onlays

Onlays, also known as partial crowns, extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. They are suitable for more extensive restoration work when the damage is too significant for an inlay but not extensive enough to warrant a full crown.


Key Differences Between Inlays and Onlays


Coverage Area

• Inlays: Fit snugly within the tooth’s cavity.

• Onlays: Extend to cover one or more cusps, providing more extensive coverage.


Purpose and Use

• Inlays: Best for small to moderate cavities within the tooth.

• Onlays: Ideal for larger areas of decay that involve the tooth’s biting surface.​


Who Might Need Dental Inlays and Onlays?

When dealing with moderate to severe tooth decay, cracked teeth, or large fillings needing replacement, dental inlays and onlays are often the best solutions. These treatments are also ideal for patients with weakened teeth due to grinding or extensive dental work. At our clinic, our expert team conducts thorough examinations to determine if dental inlays or onlays are the right fit for your dental needs.

5 Signs You May Need Dental Inlays and Onlays

Tooth Sensitivity

Experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks.

Visible Tooth Damage

Noticeable tooth damage, such as cracks or cavities.

Pain When Chewing or Biting

If you feel pain while chewing or biting, it might be a sign that you require a dental inlay or onlay to alleviate the discomfort.

Old Fillings

Having an old filling that needs replacement is a common reason to opt for a dental inlay or onlay, ensuring your tooth remains protected and functional.

Large Fillings

If you have a large filling that needs additional support, a dental inlay or onlay can provide the necessary reinforcement for your tooth.

Dr. K and Associates Dental Centre

2802A Princess St,

Kingston, ON K7P 1W9

(613) 634-0402

West End of Kingston, near the Cataraqui Mall

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At Dr. K and Associates Dental Centre, Dr. K brings over 20 years of experience in providing exceptional dental care. Our dedicated team ensures your comfort and delivers personalized treatments tailored to your unique needs.

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Looking to restore your smile and improve your oral health? Contact Dr. K and Associates Dental Centre in Kingston today to book an appointment with our skilled dentist Dr. K and see how inlays and onlays can enhance your dental health.


Achieving your dream smile is just a phone call away!

Why choose Dr. K and Associates Dental Centre for Inlays and Onlays?

Dr. K is a highly skilled and dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience. She is committed to restoring your smile with exceptional expertise and care. Using advanced, proven technologies and the latest techniques, Dr. K tailors your treatment plan to meet your specific needs.


We understand that visiting the dentist can be intimidating, so we guide you through each step, ensuring full transparency and comfort throughout the process.

Common Questions About Inlays and Onlays

Is getting inlays and onlays painful?

Getting inlays or onlays is generally not a painful procedure. We ensure your comfort throughout the process by using local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. This means you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure.


After the anesthesia wears off, some patients might experience minor discomfort, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Our dentist will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. If you have concerns about pain or discomfort, our team is here to discuss your options and help alleviate any worries.

How long will my inlay or onlay last?

The longevity of your inlay or onlay largely depends on factors such as oral hygiene, the material used, and your dental habits. On average, they can last between 10 to 30 years with proper care. High-quality materials like porcelain or gold typically offer greater durability and longevity.


To maximize the lifespan of your dental inlay or onlay, maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, and schedule routine dental check-ups. Avoiding hard foods and not using your teeth as tools can also help extend the life of your dental restoration. Our dental team will provide you with personalized care instructions to ensure the best results.

How do I care for my inlay or onlay?

Follow these tips to care for your dental restoration:


Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Schedule routine dental visits for professional cleanings and check-ups to monitor the condition of your inlay or onlay.

Avoid Hard Foods

Refrain from chewing on hard foods like ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels, as they can damage your inlay or onlay.

Use a Mouthguard

If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your dental restorations.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods

Reduce your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks to prevent tooth decay and erosion around your inlay or onlay.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about your dental care routine, our expert team is here to help.

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2802A Princess St, Kingston, ON K7P 1W9

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