What is an Onlay?
An onlay is a type of dental restoration that is used as an alternative to fillings and crowns. You can think of an onlay as the middle ground between a smaller filling and a larger crown needing to be placed on a tooth. Dr. Lori Logan may recommend an onlay if you have a large amount of decay that isn’t compromising the tooth enough to warrant a full crown. Onlays are made to look and feel like real teeth.
Why do you need Onlays?
A comprehensive examination is needed prior to having an onlay made and placed on a tooth. Not everyone is a good candidate for onlays, and this will be discussed during your appointment. Some of the reasons you may need an onlay include:
- You have a large amount of decay
- There is a chance a filling may crack the tooth
- The tooth won’t benefit from a full crown
- Cracks and breaks are present in the tooth
What makes you a good candidate for Onlays?
Onlays are made out of porcelain or ceramic, and can last for years with proper care and maintenance. Onlays are ideal for patients who wouldn’t benefit from a smaller filling, but who aren’t yet ready to completely de-structurize the tooth with a crown. Onlays are easy to place and feel like the rest of your teeth. They are made to look like your real teeth, blending seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
What happens during the procedure for Onlays?
First, you will come into the office for a consultation appointment and exam. The area to be fitted for an onlay will be slightly buffed out and filed down. An impression is made and sent off to a lab where the onlay is made for you. The next appointment involves coming back into the office to have the onlay placed. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect the onlay to last for many years. Onlays are ideal for maintaining the strength and structure of compromised teeth.
If you are interested in onlays, and feel you would benefit from this option, call our office today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.