While most tooth decay may be treated with a filling (amalgam), when the area of decay is too large, this treatment is insufficient. For teeth with extensive decay, a dental crown is the most common treatment modality.
When decay is moderate, a dental onlay may be the ideal solution. This is because there are two conditions, which must be satisfied for a therapy to be considered ideal. These are:
1. Complete eradication of decay and
2. Preservation of natural tooth structure. In this way, the risk of a tooth cracking, breaking, or requiring a root canal is minimized.
Dental Inlays vs. Onlays
While it’s easy to be confused about the differences between a dental inlay and a dental onlay, it really boils down to the circumstances dictating their use. An inlay is intended to cover the rounded edges, also known as cusps, located near the center of the surface of the tooth. An onlay covers from one to four cusps, the biting surface of the decayed tooth, or both. Some people call onlays partial crowns owing to the large surface area they cover.
Onlays typically are longer-lasting and more durable than fillings. Just as with any other dental restoration, an onlay can cause the structure of the tooth to become weak over time. The longevity of your dental onlay depends in part upon the type of material used to create it, the extent of decay, and how well it is cared for after placement.
We only offer onlays made from the highest quality composite resin, gold, or porcelain.
As long as you brush and floss at least twice a day and visit Dr. Mulandi bi-annually for your preventive cleaning and check-up, you may expect your new onlay to last as long as 30 years. To prevent breakage, it is important to avoid biting down on hard foods with the treated tooth.
Don’t Delay in Seeking Dental Care
Putting off treatment of tooth decay may lead to more serious oral health conditions so, to preserve your teeth and smile, schedule your Complimentary Consultation today.