Dental Onlays offer a dependable and durable restorative option for tooth decay or other types of damage. These restorations are considered a superior option to a crown and other dental restorations since they have several advantages. Laguna Dental Center and Dr. Ronald Ayzin have 5 years of experience in this procedure.
What is a Dental Onlay?
A partial crown, also known as a dental onlay, only covers the portion of the damaged tooth necessary to keep the restoration in place while protecting the sound tooth structure.
What are Dental Onlays made of?
- Gold – offers the greatest longevity and predictability. Compared to porcelain, gold is gentler on opposing tooth surfaces and needs less tooth structure to be removed. The absence of the natural tooth color is a drawback.
- Porcelain – Porcelain is also incredibly durable, but if a patient grinds or clenches their teeth, it might wear down neighboring teeth.
- Composite resin – equally as durable as gold and porcelain while matching the hue of real teeth. But the price is higher.
- Ceramic is composed of more durable and sturdy materials than dental fillings and crowns. They frequently live longer and offer damaged teeth extra support and strength. However, it is more expensive than other materials.
When is a Dental Onlay recommended?
When your tooth structure is compromised, and your dentist fears that a traditional filling would cause it to break, they may advise an onlay. The optimum choice is also an onlay since it protects good tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged regions, assuring a long functional lifespan.
How is a Dental Onlay done?
An onlay is pre-molded outside the tooth by a technician in a lab. It inserts into the interior and exterior of the tooth, covering the cusps. The onlay is fixed to the tooth by the dentist using dental cement.