Porcelain Onlays

An onlay restoration is a custom-made filling that created with composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain onlays are more popular among patients because they most closely resemble the natural tooth beneath, allowing for a more discreet treatment outcome. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain onlays are created by a professional dental laboratory and are then permanently cemented onto your tooth by your dentist for treatment.

Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or teeth that have been damaged by decay and trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns, or caps, because less tooth structure is removed in preparation for placing and using onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration treatment.

As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and they may someday require replacement. However, porcelain onlays are highly durable and will last for many years given proper care and maintenance, giving you a beautiful, long-lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain onlay restorations:

  • Broken or fractured teeth

  • Cosmetic enhancement

  • Decayed teeth

  • Fractured fillings

  • Large fillings

What does getting a porcelain onlay involve?

An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments to ensure proper installation. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions, or molds, that will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary restoration treatment.

Taking place during the first appointment, your dentist will numb the tooth or teeth that needs restoration. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove any decay or old filling materials. They will then thoroughly clean and carefully prepare the newly empty space, shaping the surface to properly fit an onlay restoration. Finally, your dentist will apply a temporary filling to protect your tooth while a dental laboratory works to create your onlay.

At your second appointment, your dentist will be sure to carefully and precisely cement your new onlay into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable with the new porcelain onlay.

Once your porcelain onlays are placed and fitted, you will receive care instructions from your dentist. These instructions may include good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits to help aid in prolonging the life of your new porcelain onlay. For any questions regarding porcelain onlays, contact our team today!