An onlay is a custom-made indirect dental restoration we use at Dr. Marie A. Holliday, DMD, to repair a tooth with extensive damage or decay that cannot be adequately restored with a traditional filling but doesn't require a full dental crown. Onlays are crafted in a dental laboratory, based on impressions taken by the dentist. They are bonded to the prepared tooth, creating a seamless and durable restoration.
The Onlay Procedure
The procedure begins with a comprehensive examination performed by our skilled dentist. They will assess the extent of the damage or decay and determine if an onlay is the ideal treatment option.
If an onlay is deemed suitable, the dentist will prepare the damaged tooth by removing any decay or damaged areas. Unlike regular fillings, which are directly placed into the cavity, onlays require the removal of slightly more tooth structure to accommodate the custom-made restoration.put
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take precise impressions of the tooth. These impressions are a blueprint for creating the onlay, ensuring a perfect fit. At the dental laboratory, skilled technicians meticulously fabricate the onlay using high-quality materials like porcelain, composite resin, or gold. These materials are selected for their durability and ability to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
The dental laboratory technicians craft the onlay creatively, paying attention to the intricate details of the tooth's anatomy and ensuring a flawless fit. Once the onlay is ready, the temporary onlay is removed, and the permanent onlay is carefully placed and bonded to the tooth. The dentist ensures that the onlay fits precisely and matches the natural color and contours of the surrounding teeth.
The Benefits of Onlays
Onlays are a conservative treatment option, preserving more natural tooth structure than dental crowns, which require more extensive preparation.
Onlays are custom-crafted to match the natural color and shape of the surrounding teeth, creating a seamless and natural appearance.
Strength and Stability
Due to their precise fit and being bonded to the tooth, onlays offer excellent strength and stability, restoring both form and function.
Protection of Tooth Structure
Onlays strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, preventing further damage or decay.
Onlays exemplify the perfect synergy of artistry and dentistry, offering an elegant and functional solution for damaged or decayed teeth. With their conservative approach, durability, and natural aesthetics, onlays are a popular dental restoration. If you have a tooth with extensive damage or decay, visit Dr. Marie A. Holliday, DMD, at 115 West 2nd St., Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102, or call (817) 877-1872 to explore whether an onlay is the proper treatment.