Onlays can be utilized to conservatively
repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by
decay or trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps)
because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may
someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last
many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for onlay restorations:
What does getting an onlay involve?
onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first
appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions
(molds) that will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary
the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling
materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully
prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an onlay restoration. A
temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your onlay
is made by a dental laboratory.
your second appointment, your new onlay will be carefully and precisely
cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a
proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment.
Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits
will aid in the life of your new onlay.
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!