An onlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and are permanently cemented onto the tooth by our dentist.
Porcelain 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.
As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent. It may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain onlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What Does Getting a Porcelain Onlay Involve?
A porcelain onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds). These will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, we will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared. Then the surface will be shaped 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 porcelain 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 porcelain onlay.
Call Pro Smiles OC today at 949-880-6638 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Ivan Ho, and learn more about dental onlays in Laguna Hills, California.