What is an onlay?
An onlay is a type of dental restoration that is used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. It is a custom-made piece of material that fits over the top of the tooth, covering one or more cusps. Onlays are made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold.
When would I need an onlay?
You may need an onlay if you have a cavity that is too large to be filled with a traditional filling, or if you have a tooth that has been damaged by trauma. Onlays are also a good option for people who have teeth with weak structures, as they can help to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage.
What are the benefits of onlays?
Onlays offer a number of benefits over other types of dental restorations, including:
- They are more durable than fillings and can last for many years.
- They can provide more support for teeth with weak structures.
- They can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, so they are aesthetically pleasing.
What is the procedure for getting an onlay?
The onlay procedure typically requires two dental appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the onlay by removing any decayed or damaged material. They will then take an impression of the tooth to send to a laboratory to create the onlay. In the meantime, they will place a temporary onlay on the tooth to protect it.
During the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary onlay and place the permanent onlay. They will then check your bite to make sure that the onlay fits properly and bond it to the tooth.
What can I expect after getting an onlay?
You may experience some sensitivity to cold and heat for a few days after getting an onlay. This is normal and should subside on its own. You should also avoid chewing hard or sticky foods until your teeth have had a chance to adjust to the new onlay.
How should I care for my onlay?
You should care for your onlay just as you would your natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Frequently asked questions:
How much does an onlay cost?
The cost of an onlay will vary depending on the material used and the size and complexity of the restoration. However, onlays are typically more expensive than fillings.
Is the onlay procedure painful?
Your dentist will numb the area before beginning the procedure, so you should not experience any pain. However, you may feel some discomfort after the procedure, such as sensitivity to cold and heat. This is normal and should subside on its own.
How long will my onlay last?
Onlays can last for many years, but they will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of an onlay will depend on a number of factors, such as the material used, the patient’s oral hygiene habits, and the amount of wear and tear on the tooth.
What should I do if my onlay falls out?
If your onlay falls out, contact your dentist immediately. They will be able to re-cement the onlay or replace it if necessary.
If you have any other questions or concerns about onlays, please talk to your dentist. They will be able to provide you with more information and help you decide if an onlay is the right choice for you.
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