What is an Onlay?
by: Team at Drs Rohrer's Office
We recommend an onlay if we need to restore a tooth that is broken down so much that a filling is not enough to fix it, when too much of the tooth is missing, or the tooth is cracked and could fracture, when we could not use a conventional filling material due to too much tooth structure missing.
Onlays look very natural, very conservative. It is one of our favorite tooth restoration methods. Onlay can be porcelain or gold.
Although most people like to have them made in porcelain for cosmetic reason as we can match the color of you existing teeth, on a health point of view gold is just as appropriate. A porcelain onlay covers at least one cusp of the tooth and most or all of the chewing surface of the tooth. It strengthens it so that it won't fracture.
One advantage of porcelain onlays is that they preserve more of the natural tooth structure. If the tooth's structure is healthy, it is usually best to leave as much of it in your mouth.
The difference between an onlay and a crown...
A crown covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth and wraps around the entire tooth all the way to the gum line. The porcelain onlay is more conservative as it covers only the weak parts of the tooth, and saves more of your natural tooth.
Now you need to know
Porcelain onlays require a great deal of expertise to place correctly. They require extensive training in cosmetic dentistry and in occlusion. Very special skills are required to prepare the tooth as well as seating the onlay.
Dr Tom has been making onlays for years, and always favors them as they allow to save more of your tooth. His extensive training and studies under the best Professors combined with years of experience have helped him master the skills required to install onlays, and he has come to love this very conservative and natural approach to tooth restoration.
The process to get an Onlay
During your first visit we will remove tooth decay if any is present. Sometimes what we call a “build up” is necessary if a lot of tooth structure is missing.
Dr T. will prepare your tooth for an impression we take for a laboratory to make your onlay, and finally we will make a temporary. You will be able to function properly with the temporary during the couple weeks the lab usually needs to make your restoration.
The second visit will requires less of your time. While this phase is highly technical and requires a lot of skills to prepare both you tooth and the onlay, you will be in and out of the office in a short period of time.
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Apr. 09 2013
Type: Dental Onlay
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County