What Is a Dental Onlay?

   Are you familiar with crowns and fillings? How about bridges? Most are aware of what these common restorative dental treatments are. However, a Dental Onlay is a little less well known but very useful depending on your needs.

Porcelain Onlay

   Conservative porcelain inlays and onlays can significantly strengthen and restore moderately broken down teeth. These restorations are bonded to the remaining tooth structure so that the tooth looks like new.

Benefits of a Dental Onlay

   If you know that a crown covers the entire tooth, think of a dental onlay as a “hat” to the tooth. It often covers little more than the cusp of a tooth. Therefore, a dentist may decide to recommend this in order to save tooth structure. On the other hand, your dentist may see that your tooth is not strong enough to support a large filling and recommend the onlay.

What to Expect

   Getting a dental onlay often requires 2 visits to the dentist. At the first appointment, you will have impressions taken so the dental lab can make a custom fit dental onlay. The dentist will then “prep” or prepare the tooth by removing decay or smoothing out the edges, depending on the tooth’s state. A temporary onlay will be given you to wear until your permanent onlay is ready. At you second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary and cement the lab created onlay onto your tooth!

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