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Understanding the Main Functions of Dental Onlays

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Understanding the Main Functions of Dental OnlaysIf you are starting to realize that you have a cavity or damaged tooth, it can be hard to choose the right dental option you need to restore the normal structure of your tooth. That is why we suggest that you should first understand dental onlays and other dental restorations.

What are Dental Onlays?

In its simplest definition, a dental onlay has the primary function of covering the cusps of a damaged tooth and restoring it to a better condition. In comparison to other dental restorations, a dental onlay is usually smaller if you compare it to a crown. However, it can treat a larger area of tooth decay than an inlay. Dental onlays are much more similar to crowns since they can also cover the biting surface of your tooth. In truth, they are also known as "partial crowns" since they both serve the same function.

Dental onlays can last between 5 to 30 years. However, we cannot guarantee that it will last as much as you expect it would since their durability depends on a variety of factors. They can incur damage sooner than expected if you fail to maintain good oral habits.

How Beneficial are They?

Dental onlays are extremely useful in preserving the natural portion of your tooth. Moreover, they can provide the support that your tooth needs and prevent any further decay from happening. Apart from that, they offer a more tight and secure fit, making it much more comfortable for you to talk and eat. The tightness will also prevent any bacteria from seeping through the restoration.

If you want to preserve the natural look of your teeth, dental onlays are also fairly customizable and stain resistant. If you are considering dental onlays or other potential dental restorations, feel free to contact our office today to schedule an appointment or professional checkup.

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