What Is An Onlay?


So your dentist has talked to you after your last visit and told you that the decay or damage to your teeth is going to require some restoration work. During that conversation, they mentioned that there is a type of treatment that’s perfect for your present condition, and they’re called an onlay. If you’re like most dental patients you’ve never heard this term and aren’t entirely certain what getting them is going to entail or how they’re going to correct your dental concerns. Onlays are a remarkable form of restoration that is placed on your teeth to restore its integrity and rebuild its biting surface. These treatments can restore your teeth to their former function while giving your smile back that natural beauty you love.

Preparing For An Onlay Treatment

Getting an onlay treatment requires two visits to prepare for the restoration. The first visit involves the elimination of the decay or damage your teeth have experienced so only healthy tooth remains. Once this is completed your teeth will be molded, an impression being taken that the new onlay will be based on. Once the mold is taken a temporary restoration will be affixed to your teeth to protect the area of your mouth that has been cleaned and prepared for your final onlays. Typically it will be just over a week until your dental onlays are returned to the dentist, ready to be placed.

Caring For Your Temporary Onlay

While you have your temporary onlay you need to be very careful to take proper care of it. These restorations are not permanently affixed in place and should be replaced as soon as your completed onlays are received back at your dentist’s office. Failing to have them replaced at the earliest opportunity, or not taking proper care of them, can result in their becoming damaged, falling out, or other oral health problems. Work with your dentist to find out how to properly care for your temporary onlays and schedule an appointment to replace them with your permanent ones as soon as possible.

The Benefits Of Receiving an Onlay

Onlays are a wonderful restoration solution that can ease the concerns of those wondering if they’ll ever be able to flash a smile without feeling self-conscious again. The material used in the creation of these restorations is easy to shape and takes color well so they can be tinted to match your natural teeth. They even have that semi-transparent appearance that natural teeth have to make them difficult to distinguish from your original teeth. Getting an onlay done does require two visits, but you’ll spend the time in between with a set of temporary restorations that will help keep your smile beautiful until the permanent set are done.

Do you have teeth that are damaged or suffering from decay and you want to know what options exist for you to repair their appearance and regain a bright and confident smile? The first thing you should do is contact your dentist for an appointment and consultation. If you are new to the Los Angeles, CA area or don’t have a dentist, you can make an appointment with Dr. Alireza and Movassaghi at the Alvarado Family Dental Center.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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