Durable and Natural Porcelain Onlay Tooth Repair
An onlay is used to repair teeth that have a large amount of decay, defective filling, or damage that extends a little onto the chewing surface of the tooth. Porcelain onlays are popular because they can match the color of the natural surrounding tooth, whereas traditional onlays are gold. Onlays are a good alternative for crowns because they conserve more of the natural tooth. The onlay is cemented into the tooth, preventing decay and infection from getting any deeper. Onlays are highly durable and can last up to or longer than 30 years.
Reasons for onlay restorations:
- Large area of decay.
- Broken fillings.
- Broken teeth.
What does getting an onlay involve?
Unlike a traditional filling, getting an onlay takes two appointments. This is because molds have to made of the damaged tooth so that the onlay can be made to exactly match.
Dr. Regan DDS will start by numbing the tooth and removing the decay (or old filling). After that, he will clean the space out thoroughly to take the most accurate impression as possible. While your onlay is being made in the lab, our staff will send you off with a temporary filling to keep the tooth protected.
During your next appointment, Dr. Regan DDS will cement the onlay perfectly into place, making any adjustments that are needed for your mouth’s function and comfort.
Our clinical staff will tell you how to care for your new onlay. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your smile bright and beautiful!