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When Are Onlays the Best Option?


Posted on 11/22/2021 by Dr. David Wanserski
When Are Onlays the Best Option?A dental onlay is a pre-molded filling that is fitted into the grooves of your tooth. Onlays are mostly used to fix the damage done by dental cavities. They are centered along the outer edges of your tooth instead of the center. Onlays help fix cavities that haven't advanced into extensive decay. Here are cases where onlays are the best options for your dental issue.

When to Choose Onlays


When you have sustained damage to your teeth due to various oral infections, we may recommend an onlay to fix the problem. Also, when you have a fractured, broken, or decayed tooth that doesn't affect the tooth cusps. Onlays are ideal for such cases because they fix the damaged outer tooth surface. They will help restore your tooth structure and its shape. This goes a long way in restoring your smile.

Onlays are also ideal when the damage is extensive enough to warrant a large dental filling. Large dental fillings are risky and could damage the remaining structure. Therefore, we opt for onlays that can fix the problem without weakening the remaining structure. This helps keep your tooth intact. With onlays, you will be able to chew food properly without worrying about possible dislodge.

We can also use onlays when the injury level doesn't allow the removal of tooth material. In such cases, a crown can't be mounted to the damaged tooth. As a result, onlays are used to restore the shape of your tooth. It is important to take good care of onlays for the best results. Therefore, you should brush your teeth regularly to get rid of bacteria and other food particles. You should also floss on a regular basis. Doing so helps keep onlays in good condition. Get in touch with us for more information on dental onlays.
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