If you need to have tooth restoration work, you may be offered onlay restorations or a crown. There isn’t a lot of difference between the two, but onlays generally allow you to keep more of your tooth than a crown would. A crown tends to cover a large area over and around your tooth, whereas an onlay would only cap the tooth and a smaller area down the side of the tooth. If the tooth was almost completely destroyed, then a crown would be more appropriate.
What Are Onlay Restorations?
Onlays are similar to a crown, in which they go over the surface of a tooth and partially around the side. However, they are made from a solid material, which means they will last longer. They are generally the same color as your teeth.
Why Get Onlay Restorations?
There are a few reasons you may need your onlay restorations. Typically, these are:
Less Invasive than crowns
Onlay restorations require less invasive tooth work than a crown, so is preferable if you wish to keep more of your tooth intact.
Onlays remain stable
The solid material of the onlays means it does not shrink or diminish over time.
Onlays can be created from gold, as well as porcelain.
It is quite difficult to see an onlay, as it is indistinguishable from your tooth to the untrained eye.
The Process of Getting Onlay Restorations
As with inlays, onlay restorations will take two visits to your dentist. They will need to take measurements of the area that needs capping and the onlay will be created to this specification. At your next appointment the cementing of the onlay will be undertaken.
Popular FAQs for Onlay Restorations
Will I be able to eat hard foods with my onlay restorations?
Yes, your onlay is simply a cap over the top of a tooth. You will be able to eat the same kinds of foods as you did previously.
What if it doesn’t fit properly or comes loose?
Your dentist will ensure the onlay fits the tooth perfect. They may need to carry out a few adjustments until the bite is comfortable for you, but then you will not even notice it is on your tooth. If it does come loose, then you should see your dentist as soon as possible so they can replace it.
Can I still do contact sports with onlay restorations?
Your onlay restoration should not affect your daily life. If you do contact sports, such as marital arts or boxing, then you should always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
I grind my teeth when asleep — will that damage the onlay restorations?
If you grind your teeth, and many people do when they are either stressed or asleep, then you should return to your dentist to ensure your onlays are durable enough. It is a good idea to have follow-up appointments with your dentist every six months.
Why Choose Dr. Alex for Onlay Restorations In NYC?
The staff at Dr. Alex’s practice are well versed in the issues or questions about onlay restorations, so you can be sure that whatever your question, they have the answer. Call Dr Alex Midtown NYC dental offices today for more enquiries.