When you visit us for the treatment of damaged or decayed teeth, we may recommend various procedures and treatment options after diagnosing the condition of your teeth and the severity of the damage/decay. Some of the most common approaches to treat your problem include dental fillings, inlays, and onlays. Here’s everything to know about onlays.
What are Onlays?
Dental onlays fits over the biting surface of your teeth. They are a restorative procedure to restore your damaged or decayed teeth and are made using materials such as composite, porcelain, resin, and even gold. They are similar to inlays, however, differ in terms of the natural teeth that they cover. Our dentist uses them to fill the cusps of your teeth. Onlays stand somewhere between filling your cavity and removing a portion of your teeth to cap it with a dental crown.
When Do I Need Dental Onlays?
- We would recommend this procedure if the cusp of your teeth is damaged and cannot be restored using inlays or dental fillings.
- Onlays are also used for the treatment of cavities.
- In some cases, we may use this procedure before placing a dental crown to avoid the removal of your natural teeth.
How is the Procedure Performed?
We start with numbing the portion of your mouth using a local anesthetic and removing the damaged or decayed part of your teeth. We take an impression of your teeth and send it for the preparation of permanent restoration. Meanwhile, you will be given a temporary onlay to protect your teeth.
The temporary onlay will be removed, and your teeth will be cleaned. We will now place the restoration and fit it properly over the tooth. We will also check the bite before permanently bonding the onlay with your teeth. Lastly, the restoration will be polished to match your adjoining teeth.
How to Care for the Onlay?
While permanent onlay doesn’t require a lot of care, you must care for the temporary onlay. Avoid any damage to this temporary solution before your next appointment. Do not use a flossing device around the area of restoration. Do not chew on food that is sticky or hard. If your temporary onlay has been damaged or dislodged, visit our clinic at the earliest to fix the same. Do not drink hot or cold beverages for a few days, and brush your teeth very lightly to protect the restoration.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.