When is Onlay Restoration Required?
Many patients come to Oakridge Dental Center to find out the difference between inlays and onlays. And, they get surprised when we tell them there is hardly any difference between the two. The only variation lies in the fact that a couple of chewing cusps are used in onlay restoration and we recommend it if you have one of the following problems with your teeth:
- Fractured teeth
- Fractured filling
- Severely decayed teeth
- Excessive filling
- Cosmetic improvements
Onlay Restoration Process
We normally carry out onlay restoration process in two appointments. During the first meeting with our patients, we take impressions for custom onlay creation and perform temporary restoration. We also numb the tooth to remove any kind of old filling/ decay. This is followed by cleaning process and preparing the tooth for onlay restoration. The groundwork also involves shaping the surface and filling it with a temporary filling.
In the meantime, onlay is prepared in the lab. Onlay restoration these days is carried out using glass polymers. Ceramics and bonding are fused together to produce these highly durable fillings.
The second appointment is all about cementing the affected surface with onlay and fitting it properly to ensure you have a proper bite. We use this opportunity to inform you how to maintain oral hygiene, visit Oakridge Dental Center for regular dental checkups and the importance of eating a healthy diet. Following these recommendations will ensure your onlay last a lifetime.
Advantages of Onlay Restoration
There are numerous advantages of getting onlay restoration. Some of them are as follows:
- Better option than keeping old, mercury filling
- It can easily be matched to the natural color of your teeth
- Better resistance to heavy chewing pressure compared to bonded fillings
- Does not shrink as it uses adhesive bonding process
- More durable and lasting
- Can prove to be a cost effective dental restoration procedure in case of fractured teeth
If you have severe tooth decay and you have been told you don’t have enough tooth structure for fillings or dental crowns, don’t worry. Call Oakridge Dental Center to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable, skilled and expert dental surgeons. After checking your teeth, we will let you know the best treatment option. Invariably, onlay restoration is the best way to restore teeth in such cases.