You have just been told that an existing filling in a back tooth is failing or the decay has spread beyond the initial filling; or perhaps you have been advised that you require a rather large filling and your dentist has expressed concern that perhaps it is time to “cap” the tooth. You do have another option, and our dentist serving the area of 60622 can fill you in.
The purpose of a dental onlay is to correct decay in a back tooth where a traditional filling might weaken the tooth resulting in a broken tooth, or perhaps needing a root canal. But an onlay falls short of “capping” a tooth, and provides an excellent alternative to a dental crown.
An onlay offers stability and longevity that a composite filling can’t provide. The primary difference between an onlay and an inlay is the portion of the tooth that requires repair. An onlay will be used to restore a larger area of damage and is most often used when the biting surface of the tooth is involved.
Depending on the location being restored, onlays can be made of gold, composite resin or porcelain. The primary advantages to selecting porcelain are aesthetic appearance, durability and strength. While composite resin might be adequate for a smaller filling, a larger filling in a back tooth takes a lot of abuse throughout the course of the day and night.
The strength of porcelain allows more protection for chewing. In addition, after the onlay/inlay is fitted by your dentist, there is no concern about the filling shrinking. The area is sealed, margins checked, and the fit is exact making brushing and flossing very easy.
The beauty of porcelain hides the fact that you have a large filling. Porcelain will hold its color allowing for lasting beauty – there is never a concern about fading or staining with porcelain.
And the durability of porcelain means that your onlay should last for many, many years. Only gold might measure up to the durability of porcelain, but the aesthetics with gold is not there.
Dental onlays and inlays are an excellent option when repairing a damaged tooth. When a filling might not be enough, but a crown is not needed, onlays and inlays offer an alternative treatment that might be the right answer. A consultation with our experienced team at ORA Dental Studio will provide all the information needed to make the right decision. Call 773-227-6721 and schedule a visit today.