Porcelain Onlays services cliffside park, fort lee, edgewater & nearby bergen county NJ & NY
A porcelain onlay shares a number of similarities with a dental crown. It is used in situations where a tooth has become so damaged that a filling alone is not sufficient to repair it. A tooth which is missing too much of its structure is in danger of fracture, and a porcelain onlay will cover the surface of the tooth so that it can be used for chewing without risk of breakage.
Benefits of Porcelain Onlays
Many dentists prefer porcelain onlays because they preserve a greater percentage of the tooth’s structure. Dentists want to make sure that they can preserve as much of a tooth as possible, and will recommend treatments that result in this. Additionally, porcelain onlays don’t come into contact with the gums, which mean they won’t irritate them. Aesthetically speaking, many patients prefer porcelain onlays because they are similar to the surrounding teeth. This is because porcelain has an appearance and feel which is similar to tooth enamel.
Porcelain Onlays | FAQ
What is the difference between porcelain onlays and crowns?
A crown will cover the complete surface of your teeth, and will wrap around them to extend down to the gums. The porcelain onlay is less intrusive, as it will only cover the areas of the teeth which are weak, and will not extend to the gums. Any object that comes in contact with the gums over time can increase a patient’s risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. A lot of patients prefer onlays over crowns precisely because they do not irritate their gums.
Are there any risks to using porcelain onlays?
Porcelain onlays are safe to use, but as with anything there are disadvantages associated with using them. For instance, porcelain inlays are not as strong as materials such as gold or crowns that use metal, so this means they have a greater risk of shattering. However, the newest ceramics are incredibly robust, especially when installed by a knowledgeable dentist.
How do porcelain onlays differ from porcelain inlays?
The porcelain onlay is distinct from the inlay in that it will cover all the tooth cusps. The porcelain inlay will not cover the cusps of the teeth and instead will be placed completely within the tooth.
About the Procedure
Porcelain onlays require considerable skill to be fitted correctly. The patient will usually need to make multiple appointments with the dentist, where a mold will be taken of their tooth which will be used to create the porcelain onlay in a laboratory. Once the onlay is ready the patient must return so the dentist will place it in their mouth.
Achieve the Best Results with Real Smile Dental!
Our dentists at Real Smile Dental are extensively trained in the installation of porcelain onlays. We offer the best materials and make use of the latest techniques. This is important as the onlays must be placed correctly in the mouth in order to function properly. Contact us with any questions you have, and feel free to schedule an appointment.