Tooth decay and damage is a common concern, and at our office we address these concerns daily. One treatment we perform is the placement of dental onlays. Dental onlays are dental treatments meant to restore teeth. They are made with porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Dental onlays restore the enamel of the teeth, rather than small holes within the teeth; onlays are used when damage to the tooth is too extreme to be repaired with a filling. However, they do not fully cover a tooth, and can save a patient from having to get a full crown, or veneer.
How Are Onlays Applied?
An onlay is similar to a crown or veneer in the manner in which it is applied; onlays are prepared in a lab, outside of our office, and applied to the tooth with a bonding process. The damaged parts of the tooth are treated prior to the application of a dental onlay, and some parts of the tooth's surface may be filed down. Unlike veneers or crowns, they cover only part of the surface of a tooth. They are custom made to fit the patient's specifications, and can help salvage teeth before further damage is caused.
How Can an Onlay Salvage a Tooth?
Teeth fitted with onlays are restored to their proper, functional state. The onlay gives a layer of strength to the tooth, while preventing further decay; the enamel of a damaged tooth is salvaged when fit with an onlay. The fit of an onlay is secure, comfortable, and unnoticeable. Onlays made in porcelain provide a seamless, and aesthetically-pleasing repair to a damaged tooth. If your teeth are damaged, our dentists can recommend the best treatment for you. We offer a full range of dental services, including the placement of dental onlays. If you're worried about tooth decay, call our office for an appointment today!