Unlock the Secret to a Perfect Smile: Discover the Benefits of Onlays

What Are Onlays?

Onlays are a type of indirect dental filling. Also known as partial crowns, they’re custom-made restorations used to repair and restore teeth that have more extensive damage or decay. They’re typically used for teeth that have moderate to large cavities or have had previous fillings that have failed.

Onlays are similar to inlays, but are larger and cover one or more cusps of the tooth and extend over the sides of the tooth. Inlays only cover the inside of the cusps of the tooth.

Onlay Benefits

The benefits of onlays include:

  • Strengthens the tooth
  • Durability
  • Conserves tooth structure
  • Improves function
  • Precise fit
  • Easy maintenance
  • Versatility
  • Enhances chewing power
custom onlay being placed on a damaged tooth

The Onlay Procedure

The procedure for placing an onlay typically involves the following steps:

  1. Initial Exam: Your dentist will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine if an onlay is the appropriate treatment for your condition. They’ll also discuss the different types of materials and options available for your onlay.
  2. Preparation: The tooth is prepared by removing any decay or old fillings, and shaping the tooth to make room for the onlay. Your dentist will then take an impression of the tooth to send to a dental lab.
  3. Fabrication: The onlay is fabricated at a dental lab using impressions. The lab will create the onlay using the material chosen by your dentist. 
  4. Placement: During the second appointment, the onlay will be bonded or cemented into place. Your dentist will make sure that the onlay fits properly, and that the bite is correct.
  5. Polishing: The onlay will be polished to make sure that it’s smooth and comfortable for you to bite and chew.
  6. Final Exam: Your dentist will examine your tooth, and make sure that the onlay is properly placed and that you’re comfortable. They’ll also give you instructions on how to care for your tooth and onlay.

The entire process can take two or three appointments, depending on the complexity of the case and the availability of the dental lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Restore Your Oral Health

Onlays can be an excellent choice for restoring your oral health to pristine condition. At Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, Dr. Fredericks provides onlays as a high-quality dental restoration. To learn more about onlays, contact our Woodland Hills dentist today.