An onlay is a restoration that replaces one or more cusps of your tooth and also helps support your tooth. They are beautiful and feel as natural as your own tooth.
An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and will be permanently cemented onto the tooth by Dr. Mary Peebles-Turner.
Onlays can be utilized to repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays.
As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement, however, they are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for onlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.