Whereas dental inlays are designed to treat decay within the cusps, or top projections, of a tooth, onlays are used to treat decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Onlays are placed in much the same way as inlays. First, an impression of the decayed tooth is taken, and a temporary onlay is placed over the tooth. The impression is then sent to a lab, where a dental technician creates the onlay according to the tooth’s dimensions. When the patient returns to the dentist’s office, the temporary onlay is removed, and the permanent restoration is placed on the tooth and securely bonded using high-strength dental resins.
Like dental inlays, onlays can be created from tooth-colored material, which makes them virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Onlays also help to conserve more tooth structure because their use requires minimal removal a tooth’s surface.
Veneers vs Bonding
- A veneer is a thin, custom-made porcelain cover that fits over the front of unsightly teeth. Crafted from tooth-colored porcelain, veneers replicate a bright, natural smile. Veneers enable our patient to pick and choose exactly how they want their teeth to look.
- Bonding is a one-visit procedure during which the dentist layers a composite directly onto the tooth. Bonding is used to change the shape, as well as color of teeth.
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