Porcelain Inlays and Onlays


Fillings may be the most common way of repairing cavities, but they’re not the only game in town.

If you have a mild to moderate amount of decay or damage on the biting surface of your back teeth—or are looking to replace your old metal fillings—porcelain inlays or onlays are an attractive and durable alternative. Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Inlays are used to fill in areas within the cusps or top projections of a tooth, while onlays extend over one or more of them. Crafted from solid porcelain, they are not only virtually undetectable to the naked eye but also last far longer than traditional fillings.

In most offices, the procedure for inlays and onlays is the same as it is for crowns: one appointment to prepare the tooth, take a bite impression, and fit the patient with a “temporary”, and another to put in the permanent fixture.

Not so at Metropolitan Dental. Ours is one of the few offices in Ottawa equipped to mill porcelain on the premises using CEREC 3D technology. This computer-assisted system enables us to design, manufacture, and place an inlay or onlay that is precisely matched to your tooth—all in a matter of minutes.
The precise fit and solid bond of a porcelain inlay or onlay strengthens your tooth by up to 75 percent, helps prevent bacteria from entering and causing future decay, and requires less of the tooth’s structure to be removed than a regular filling. And, unlike metal, porcelain doesn’t expand or contract in response to temperature changes—so it won’t weaken or fracture your teeth over time.


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  • Metropolitan Dental—Now Open

    To all of our valued patients of Metropolitan Dental:

    Hello everyone! This is coming to all of you with good news! We have finally received official approval to head back to work. We have been closed for almost three months. Needless to say we are all quite excited to head back to Metropolitan Dental and to once again see all of you for your dental needs.

    COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us, including the shut down of dentistry across the province. We understand that many of you have been forced to wait for your dental care and we deeply appreciate your understanding and patience while we were closed. Your health and well being continue to be our highest priority as we carefully prepare and update our practice procedures. Please be assured that we will be taking care of you, just as we will be taking care of our families and ourselves.

    We know that our capacity of getting back to work will not be 100% initially, but we will be working hard to see all of you. We have opened our doors as of June 8th. We ask, unless you are experiencing an emergency, please wait for us to call you, instead of you calling the office. This will help to make our job of scheduling and re-scheduling patients easier. If you would like to email us to schedule or update an appointment click here.

    There are some new protocols that have been put in place by the Minister of Health for your next dental appointment, so we will be emailing these out to you prior to your appointment. These new screening processes are important for everyone to follow, we thank you for your co-operation.

    Once again, we thank you for your trust and patronage over the decades. Please remember as businesses continue to re-open, the DENTAL office is one of the cleanest and most sterile places that you will encounter. We have been working hard to ensure that commitment to you.

    We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again.


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