Posted on 2/10/2020 by Mark Bieber
|Taking care of your teeth means that, from time to time, you might need to have us do a minor repair. Most people know what a filling is, but if we have mentioned to you that you might want to consider an onlay, you likely don't know what it is. Here is more information about onlays, and what types of situations they are best for.
What is an Onlay?
Before you can determine whether you need an onlay, you really need to know what one is. An onlay is a restoration that goes over a part of the tooth. Whereas a filling is inserted into the tooth, the onlay is placed over the top of it.
Having said this, an onlay is not the same thing as a crown. A crown is larger and covers more of the tooth; whereas an onlay only covers a small portion.
When Might You Need an Onlay?
Depending on the facts of your situation, you might find an onlay to work best if you have superficial damage to the surface of the tooth, but nothing very deep. Whereas a filling involves drilling out decayed tooth matter and replacing it with a filling material, with an onlay the restoration will not usually require deep drilling.
An onlay is usually best for a situation where the damage is not quite enough to warrant a crown. Especially if the rest of the tooth is still in good shape, you might find that an onlay is a better choice than a crown or a filling.
Of course, we know all this talk about fillings, onlays, crowns, and so on can be quite confusing. If you ever have any questions relating to your teeth, please feel free to reach out. We are here to help you, and we look forward to speaking with you!
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