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. Drs. Cynthia Chen and Christopher Ching 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 happens during the procedure for Onlays?

First, local anesthetic will be administered. The area to be fitted for an onlay will be slightly buffed out and shaped. 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.