A porcelain onlay restoration is sometimes referred to as a partial crown and can be used to repair teeth with defective fillings, or teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or decay. The professionals at Manhattan Beach Dental Center are highly skilled in the procedures of fitting and placing a porcelain onlay, and often use them as a less-invasive alternative to crowns.
What is a porcelain onlay used for?
A porcelain onlay can be used for a number of dental restorations, including:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Loose or fractured fillings
- Large cavities
A porcelain onlay may also be used for cosmetic enhancement, as they are made from a natural-looking material that can be more attractive than traditional crowns or dental amalgam fillings. Porcelain onlays are often used as a more conservative alternative to crowns, as they require less of the remaining healthy tooth be removed for placement, which is helpful when a large cavity is involved.
What is involved in getting a porcelain onlay?
Getting a porcelain onlay will typically require two trips to your dentist’s office. During your first visit, several impressions will be taken of the tooth or teeth involved in order to create both your custom porcelain onlay, and a temporary restoration. Your mouth will be numbed using an anesthetic, and your dentist will remove the old filling materials and any decay. The resulting space will be cleaned and shaped to allow proper fitting of the porcelain onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be put in place to prevent any further damage to the tooth while you await your permanent onlay from the professional dental laboratory. During your second visit, your permanent custom onlay will be carefully fitted into place, and adjustments will be made to ensure maximum comfort and proper fit. You will receive specific care instructions from your dentist at this time. Once the onlay is in place, you will need to maintain a proper diet, good oral hygiene practices, and regular visits to your dentist to ensure the porcelain onlay will last for as long as possible.
To learn more about porcelain onlays, or to see if you are a good candidate for one, please call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 today to schedule a consultation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you get the restoration you need to look and feel your best.