Porcelain onlays are unique types of custom dental application that is made of composite material or tooth colored porcelain. This type of dental procedure has become very popular in recent days because of its ability to perfectly resemble a patient’s natural teeth. A porcelain onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory and is then cemented permanently to the patient’s natural tooth. They offer excellent reliability when it comes to repairing teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or decay.
Highly Durable And Can Easily Last For Decades
Perhaps most unique of all is the fact that onlays do not require changing the tooth structure or removing a portion of the tooth in order to apply the onlay. This type of dental application is permanent in nature but may require replacement later on in life. All that said onlays are highly durable and can easily last for decades if they are properly cared for and maintained. They can be used for a wide range of repairs including everything from large fillings to fractured fillings and decayed or broken teeth. Onlays are frequently used simply as a cosmetic enhancement.
Cemented To The Existing Natural Tooth
The procedure itself requires two dental office visits in most cases. During the first appointment, the dental care provider will take a number of accurate impressions or molds that are ultimately used to fabricate custom onlays. During the actual process of applying the onlays your dentist will make any necessary changes to the tooth including removing any decay or old fillings. Once the surface has been properly shaped the restoration is then fitted. The onlay is typically precisely cemented to the existing natural tooth. Sometimes referred to as a partial crown, porcelain onlays look great and last a long time. Talk with your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental for more information on porcelain onlays and all that they offer.