A porcelain onlay, sometimes also referred to as a partial crown, is a dental restoration technique used to conservatively repair and restore teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay or damage due to trauma. Porcelain onlays, unlike those made of metal or gold, are popular today due to the fact that they resemble natural teeth.
Porcelain onlays are a fitting substitute for dental crowns (also known as caps), due to the fact that there is far-less removal of the tooth structure in the preparation of dental onlays than in other options. Porcelain onlays are nearly identical to dental inlays, but for the fact that some of the tooth’s chewing cusps may need restoration as well.
All porcelain onlays at Premier Dental Care are custom-made to fit the specific dental restoration needs of the patient and crafted from tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain onlays are commonly used to repair teeth that suffer from defective prior dental work or that have been negatively impacted by decay or other trauma.
The porcelain onlay process typically requires a couple of visits to Dr. Bakhtyari. Some of the reasons that Premier Dental Care patients seek porcelain onlays include fractured or broken teeth, decayed teeth, large fillings, and cosmetic enhancements. In the end, your porcelain onlays are custom-crafted by a dental laboratory and the resulting onlays are permanently fixed to the tooth by Dr. Bakhtyari in a process that is quick and painless.
As with any dental fixative, porcelain onlays are not indelible and may require replacement at some future date. Porcelain onlays are durable and will last you many years. Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits will add life to your teeth and any dental restorations – giving you a beautiful, long-lasting smile you can show to everyone!