What Is a Restorative Onlay Used For?
A restorative onlay is used to cover either the chewing surface of the tooth, part of the cusp, or both. It’s also called a partial crown because it can fit over the tooth but doesn’t cover the entire tooth.
The decay is removed from the tooth as with any other filling and the dentist takes an impression of the area to be covered by the onlay, which is then manufactured in a lab. A temporary onlay is used to cover the tooth until the permanent one arrives. The permanent onlay can also be matched to the natural color of your teeth.
What Are Restorative Inlays and Onlays Made From?
Restorative inlays and onlays are normally made from composite materials or porcelain. Porcelain is the best option for matching colors with your natural teeth. Composite materials are cheaper but can get stained or become discolored over time. Restorative inlays and onlays can also be made from gold.
How Long Do Restorative Inlays and Onlays Last?
Restorative inlays and onlays are long-lasting and durable. They can last anywhere from 5 to 30 years. Your oral hygiene makes a difference in how long they last. You should do your best to follow the recommendations of your doctor and return for all of your follow-up visits and your routine cleanings.
Grinding your teeth in your sleep can also crack or break your restorative work; if this is a problem for you, ask your doctor at the Cerritos office about options for mouthguards to protect your teeth and your dental work.