With age and time, your teeth start wearing down, creating gaps and hollow spaces between them. As the name suggests, Onlays are a dental restoration technique performed on the surface of teeth. It fits on the teeth and extends to the surface of the adjacent teeth as well. Onlays are done when normal filling cannot be placed due to size of the injury or decay. Onlays are generally made from porcelain, resin, or gold. It is placed over the top of one or more tooth cusps.
When Are Onlays Used?
- When the tooth cusp is damaged and filing cannot be done, onlays are the best option.
- If the natural structure of the tooth is weak, we cannot use filing to restore the tooth as it might crack. Onlays can be safely used in such cases.
- In onlays, a very little amount of natural tooth is removed compared to what is required in a crown treatment.
Benefits of Onlays
- They are not easily discolored
- They are more resistant to damage than other materials
- They improve the aesthetics of the smile
- They are long-lasting
What Is the Procedure for Fixing Onlays?
In a single visit, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the area and remove the damaged portions of the teeth. After this, the teeth are shaped, and a digital impression is taken. We then design and mill the onlay, conduct a bite test and make the required adjustments after checking the fit. The onlay is then placed using dental cement. The onlays are polished to match the aesthetics of your natural teeth.
Taking Care of the Onlays
- Brush your teeth twice daily
- Floss daily
- Do not eat sticky or hard foods and avoid beverages with excess sugar in them
- Keep your gums healthy by using mouthwash daily
- If the onlay is somehow damaged or dislocated, contact your dentist immediately.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.