Over the years, trauma and decay can wreak havoc on your teeth. However, if you see your dentist soon those damaged teeth can be salvaged with onlays.
What are onlays?
Onlay restorations are custom-made fillings made of gold, tooth-colored porcelain, or composite material. They are made in a dental laboratory and cemented onto affected teeth by the dentist. Onlays treat fractured or broken teeth, decayed teeth, and teeth that have large or fractured fillings. The use of onlays is thought of as a conservative way of repairing damaged teeth.
Onlays are considered great alternatives to dental crowns as less tooth structure is removed in preparation for the restorations. These restorations are durable and last many years. However, like most dental restorations, onlays may have to be replaced someday.
Your onlay procedure
You need two appointments to complete the procedure. Impressions of your tooth will be taken during the first appointment. While the affected tooth is numb, old fillings and decay are removed. The space is then cleaned and the tooth’s surface is shaped to prepare for the onlay restoration. The dentist applies a temporary filling to protect the affected tooth while the onlay is created in the laboratory.
On the second appointment, the dentist permanently cements the new onlay in place. It will be adjusted to ensure a proper fit. You can extend the lifespan of your onlay restoration by practicing good oral hygiene, having a proper diet, and visiting your dentist regularly.
Learn more about dental restorations and how you can have a beautiful smile in no time. Call us today at 310-475-5598 to book an appointment with Dr. Solomon. We’d love to hear from you!