Onlay is a type of dental restoration that’s placed over existing teeth. It’s a great way to bring back your natural smile and give you the confidence to smile again.
Onlays are usually made from porcelain or composite materials, and they can be used to restore one or more teeth.
Porcelain Onlays are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-fitted to your natural teeth. They’re made in a dental lab and are cemented on top of your existing teeth. Porcelain Onlays can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. In tooth restoration, an Onlay is a type of dental veneer that is bonded to the front of your tooth.
An Onlay is a great option if you have a small chipped tooth or discolored tooth. Onlays are also very durable and can last up to 20 years.
Onlays are an alternative to crowns and are primarily used to repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays are placed in a similar fashion to crowns and can be used to restore an entire tooth or just a portion of the tooth’s structure.
Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of Onlays. Onlays are much more cosmetic in appearance than crowns, and they can be used to repair and restore teeth that have large cavities.
Onlays, on the other hand, are used to treat teeth that have been decayed or weakened to the point that they can’t support a crown. An Onlay is essentially identical to an inlay with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
Onlays are more durable than inlays and can sometimes last for decades. However, over time Onlays can come loose, chip, or even fall out completely.
As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. Porcelain veneers are a great way to transform your smile and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Reasons for onlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
What does getting an onlay involve?
An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist will take several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary restoration.
While 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.
At 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.
You 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.