Owasso Porcelain Onlays
If a back tooth is damaged to the point beyond what a filling can repair, there are two ways to restore it. One option is a dental crown. A crown will cover the entire tooth—the chewing surface and the sides, down to the gumline. The other way is with an onlay. The onlay covers the weak parts of the tooth, possibly even the entire chewing surface, but doesn’t go down to the gumline. It thus preserves healthy tooth structure and, by staying above the gumline, is kinder to your gums.
At Life Smiles of Owasso, Dr. Heng Lim designs and places metal-free porcelain onlays.
Do You Need an Onlay?
If you are interested in conservative dentistry, ask Dr. Lim would be a good choice for you instead of a crown.
How Dr. Lim Makes Porcelain Onlays
While we are using the more popular term “porcelain onlay,” it would be more accurate to call this restoration a “ceramic onlay.” There are new ceramics that are still tooth-colored but are much stronger than porcelain. Dr. Lim will generally make your onlay out of lithium disilicate ceramic, and will do it in a single visit. We have a CEREC machine, which helps design the restoration and then mills the onlay right here on site.
First, Dr. Lim will prepare your tooth by removing the damaged and decayed areas. Next, he will scan your prepared tooth with a digital instrument that creates a three-dimensional image of your teeth. This image is sent to the CEREC computer which calculates the precise shape and dimensions of your onlay. After that, the blueprint is sent to the milling machine which creates the onlay. Dr. Lim will then try the onlay out in your mouth, test the fit and show you what it looks like. If everything looks good, Dr. Lim will bond it to your tooth.
To explore the possibility of getting an onlay, schedule a visit with Dr. Lim. Call us or request an appointment online.