Everybody wants to achieve the perfect smile. This can be achieved if the teeth have no cavities, decay or any damage. Most people are very much conscious about their teeth since this is the part of our face that is highly noticeable. Thanks to the service provided by restorative dentistry, achieving a perfect smile is well within reach.
There are lots of bacteria that exist on our teeth. It may be a source of fracture or even a break to the delicate teeth. It is best to altogether prevent this from happening. One of the methods of restoration is dental onlay. This is a restorative treatment or filling that incorporates tooth cusp replacement through covering the area of the missing cusp.
It is also commonly known as partial crowns. This an excellent resolution to restore damaged teeth and once completed, it guarantees that the teeth structure will remain conserved.
It is usually made up of porcelain and gold. Gold is a common element that has been used for many years, however, newer compounds such as porcelain and resin has been created that have similar longevity and durability as gold. Onlays are professionally made to permanently cement to the tooth.
Onlays edges end high above the teeth, which means that it is easier for teeth to avoid plaque along the gum lines because of the distance from the gums. In the process of restoration, there are lesser chance of tooth removal compared to using a crown. The strength and durability of the teeth is better preserved.
The durability of onlay is proven to create strength and tighter seals for the teeth. This is a wonderful option for the teeth that are suffering for a major decay and serves as a protection to the biting surface of the teeth.
The dentist will first numb the affected area. Then, using the correct dental instruments, the decay will be thoroughly removed. Teeth will then be placed in a mold for the dental laboratory to have a model to fabricate the onlay with. Sometimes a string will be used to push the gums further from the teeth to make a better impression on the mold.
In case of a totally decayed tooth, a temporary onlay should first be placed during the initial visit. On the second visit, the dentist will then replace the temporary onlay with a permanent one. Once everything is set, including the fit of the tooth as well as the bite, the onlays will be bonded or cemented over the affected location.
After the onlays are placed, the patient will be responsible to take care of their teeth. Avoid biting hard foods or objects. Regular brushing of the teeth is also helpful in avoiding in future decay damage.