Onlays Chapel Hill NC
When more than half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we often use an inlay or onlay to restore the tooth’s anatomy.
What are dental onlays?
Onlays are made of porcelain or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. However, in recent years, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which has the potential of matching the natural color of your teeth.
How are onlays made?
One appointment is all you need for the completion of onlays. CEREC technology is used to design the onlay for a perfect fit.
When an onlay is indicated, we will schedule you for about 2 hours. This is enough time to prep, design, and bond the onlay to the tooth. We start by removing the damaged part of the tooth. Digital images are then taken of the prepped tooth and the onlay will be designed on the computer. Finally, the onlay is bonded to the tooth and polished to a completed restoration.
Considerations for Onlays
Onlays are used when the remaining tooth structure is compromised and a resin filling will not strengthen the tooth. Alternatively, onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth, using special high-strength resins, actually increase the strength of a tooth to allow for normal function. Onlays will provide much better support of the tooth when the defect, from decay or fracture. in the tooth is substantial. Onlays can be a conservative option to full crowns in many cases.
Restore Your Teeth With Onlays
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