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.

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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.

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The Process of Getting Onlay Restorations

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.

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.