Ever Heard Of A Dental Onlay?

Ever Heard Of A Dental Onlay?

Posted by Dr. Lee on Nov 4 2019, 08:49 AM

A dental onlay is a type of dental restoration that is often done to repair damaged or decayed teeth. It is a solid and long-lasting solution to fix and repair damaged tooth or tooth decay. Dental onlay has numerous benefits; read the article to learn more about it.

When Is A Dental Onlay Required?

A dental onlay (or sometimes called an inlay or overlay) is required when you have a cavity that is too large to fill with regular filling. A dental onlay is larger than an inlay but smaller than a dental crown. Also, when you are suffering from a decayed or damaged tooth, your dentist might recommend you get an oral onlay.

They are prepared in the laboratory beforehand. Then they are placed over your damaged tooth (unlike dental crowns, where your whole tooth is removed). The amount of tooth structure that is good enough to be left intact decides whether you require a crown or an onlay.

Types Of Dental Onlays

Dental Onlays are made from a variety of materials such as:

  • Resin 
  • Porcelain or ceramic
  • Gold

The major difference between different types of onlays is their appearance after their complete restoration.

Resin or gold onlays are ideal for molars because of their strength and durability. Gold is often considered to be the strongest but is not much esthetically pleasing. Unless you want to flash your gold tooth to your neighbors, they are not used for front teeth.

Porcelain or ceramic onlays are mostly used for front teeth because they look similar to your natural teeth. They match the best to the surrounding teeth and project a natural smile. Moreover, ceramic or porcelain onlays allow your dentist to bond the onlay to the tooth, which helps to create an effective seal.

How To Take Good Care Of Dental Onlays?

Dental Onlays are required in situations when the condition of your teeth is not good. Therefore, after restoring your tooth to its former strength and durability with the help of a dental onlay, it is imperative to take good care of it.

  • Brush regularly for twice (or thrice) a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste as recommended by many dentists because of its effectiveness in preventing cavities.
  • Floss and rinse your mouth regularly.
  • Avoid sugary or sticky food.
  • Avoid smoking as much as possible.

At East burn Dentistry and Implants, we offer quality dental onlays procedures by Dr. Daniel Lee and his team of experienced dental assistants. Call us at 503 2334871 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 1415 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214.

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