Onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than crowns. They are typically formed in a dental lab and are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. Porcelain onlays are bonded to the surface of damaged teeth and matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
You could be a candidate for an onlay if you have moderate tooth damage or decay and are in search of an alternative restoration option to a crown. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Kittell for a complete examination and to find out if an onlay is right for you.
Your onlay restoration will be completed over multiple dental treatments. First, your tooth will be prepared for treatment and an impression will be taken to serve as a mold for your new restoration. You may be fitted with a temporary restoration while your permanent onlay is fabricated at the dental laboratory. Once completed, you will return to have the temporary restoration removed and the permanent one bonded to the surface of the teeth.
Special care needs to be given to your teeth while temporary restorations are in place. It is important to avoid sticky or hard foods that could cause significant damage to temporaries. Once you receive your permanent onlay, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.