When we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, we take a conservative approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials allow us to rebuild teeth to full function while maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Sometimes teeth suffer damage because of normal function over time, cavities, heavy bite forces, and trauma. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be perfectly restored with an onlay. A crown requires a little more tooth preparation, but onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area.
Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative choice fits your treatment plan, our doctors may suggest an onlay.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A dental onlay is a custom-made restoration used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth, covering a more significant portion of the tooth than a traditional filling.
The process involves removing decayed or damaged portions of the tooth, taking impressions, and custom-fabricating the onlay in a dental laboratory before permanently bonding it to the tooth
With proper care and maintenance, dental onlays can last many years, often over a decade. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to monitor their condition.
Yes, dental onlays are not only functional but can also be designed to enhance the aesthetics of a tooth, improving its shape and color.