Why Do I Need an Onlay Instead of a Filling?

Why Do I Need an Onlay Instead of a Filling?

Posted by SHEFFIELD SQUARE DENTAL CARE on Oct 21 2019, 10:59 AM

Do you have a damaged tooth that needs to be restored? If so, you may be wondering whether to opt for a filling or an onlay. While both options can improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth, there are several key differences between them that could impact which one is right for you. So if you're tired of living with a broken or decayed tooth, keep reading to discover why an onlay could be just what the dentist ordered!

Introduction to Onlays & Fillings

An onlay is a dental restoration used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay, injury, or wear. Onlays are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions of the tooth. They are usually made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin.

Fillings are also used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, injury, or wear. However, fillings are not as strong as onlays and are not always able to provide the same level of support and protection for the tooth.

Overview of the Onlay Process

An onlay is a type of dental restoration used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. Unlike a filling, which is placed directly into the tooth, an onlay covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth. They are made from either porcelain or composite resin and are custom-crafted to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.

The onlay process begins with your dentist preparing the tooth for placement of the restoration. This involves removing any decayed or damaged tissue and shaping the tooth so that the onlay will fit snugly in place. Next, an impression is made of the prepared tooth, which is used to create your custom onlay. Once the onlay is ready, your dentist will bond it to your tooth using a strong dental adhesive.

With proper care, an onlay can last for many years. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular checkups so that any problems can be detected and treated early.

Reasons Why an Onlay is Preferred Over a Filling

If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling but not large enough for a crown, your dentist may recommend an onlay. An onlay is similar to a filling, but it covers a larger surface area. There are several reasons why an onlay may be preferred over a filling: 

  • Onlays are more durable than fillings. Because they cover a larger surface area, onlays are less likely to come loose or fall out. 
  • Onlays can restore the strength of the tooth. If the cavity is large and close to the root of the tooth, an onlay can help to support and strengthen the tooth. 
  • Onlays can improve the appearance of the tooth. If the cavity is visible when you smile or laugh, an onlay can help to make the tooth look more natural. 
  • Onlays can protect your teeth from further damage. If the cavity is deep, an onlay can help to prevent bacteria and food particles from getting trapped in the tooth and causing further damage.

Call us at 773-880-2310 or email us at office@sheffieldsquaredental.com to schedule your appointment. Visit Sheffield Square Dental Care at 2835 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60657.

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