A popular alternative to a crown is a Porcelain Onlay. Porcelain Onlays, also known as partial crowns, are a great alternative to crown. The preparation process requires less tooth structure to be removed to prepare the tooth even though the tooth may have large defective fillings, tooth decay or trauma to the tooth. Porcelain Onlays are made of a composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain and are permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist.
Porcelain Onlay Restoration is used for a variety of dental cares. Some of which may include:
- Broken and Fractured Teeth
- Cavities Caused from Tooth Decay
- Broken Fillings
- Instead of Large Fillings
- Cosmetic Enhancement
A Porcelain Onlay is made by a professional dental laboratory.
An Onlay Restoration is normally performed in two appointments. A Onlay is made by a professional dental laboratory. So, impressions, or molds will be made at the first appointment that will be used to make your custom onlays. A temporary onlay will be placed on your teeth until the next visit.
The second visit will involve the actual placement of the Porcelain Onlay. To ensure a proper fit and comfort, minor adjustments may be needed.
Porcelain Onlays can require replacement if cracked or broken, however, with proper care, including good oral hygiene, a proper diet, and regular check-ups with your dentist, they can give you a healthy, long-lasting smile.