Porcelain Onlays

Porcelain Onlays

An onlay is a custom restoration made of gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. In most dental offices it is made by a dental laboratory and a second appointment is required to fit and place the onlay. In our office, because of our Digital Cerec Technology, we make and seat (bond) the onlay the same appointment. No temporaries or second appointment is required, and you leave with a beautiful tooth-colored all-porcelain onlay, bonded and complete.

Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays can be an ideal alternative to crowns if less tooth structure has to be removed. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.

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.

What does getting an onlay involve?

Our inlay/onlay procedure is similar to the crown procedure in that we use the Cerec Technology. This means we take an “Optical Image” of the tooth and preparation utilizing very special software. The restoration is then designed on the computer to precisely fit your tooth. Once the design is complete we mill it out on the “Robotic Milling” machine. It is then tried in and finally bonded into place using a highly durable bonding medium.

Again, what used to be a two-appointment procedure has now become only one with the final product being a beautiful tooth-colored porcelain restoration.

You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new