Porcelain Onlays are tooth colored restorations reserved for teeth that require more structural support due to large decay, fractures, or failing large existing traditional fillings. A porcelain onlay is custom made by the dental laboratory using a solid tooth colored dental ceramic material that is then permanently cemented into your tooth as a restoration.
Onlays are often referred to as a partial crown. They provide the support of a traditional crown only where it’s needed, while maintaining much more of the natural tooth structure that would otherwise be lost if a traditional full coverage crown was required.
Indications for porcelain onlays:
- Large decay in teeth
- Larger fractures in teeth
- Cusp fractures
- Aesthetic replacement of old restorations
Porcelain onlays are but one choice for restoring your teeth. All dental materials have certain advantages and disadvantages but no dental material is capable of lasting forever. As your dentist, I will always advise you on the best material choices for any given situation based upon your needs, dental research, and my experience. Of course excellent oral hygiene practices, good dietary habits, and regular dental visits to my practice will aid in the life of any restoration.