An Onlay restoration is a custom made restoration using composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain.
Porcelain Onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. An Onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain Onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented onto the tooth by Pleasanton CA East Bay Area Porcelain Onlay Expert, Dr. John M. Gowey.
Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of Onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
An Onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Dental Porcelain Onlays are a breakthrough in conservative cosmetic dentistry that can replace the use of crowns when the tooth has enough remaining tooth structure.
As with most dental restorations, Onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for Onlay Restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
What does getting an Onlay involve?
An Onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking impressions to ensure proper fit; this will be used to fabricate your custom Onlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, your Pleasanton CA East Bay Porcelain Onlay Professional, Dr. John M. Gowey, will remove the damaged or decaying area of the tooth. The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an Onlay restoration. A temporary restoration will be applied to protect the tooth while your Onlay is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment the temporary restoration is removed and your new Onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. Dr. Gowey may make a few adjustments to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new Onlay.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FREE Dental Consultation please complete the form on the right or contact the office of Pleasanton CA East Bay Area Porcelain Onlay Expert, Dr. John M. Gowey at 925-271-9291 today!