Birchmount Dental Group in Scarborough offers dental onlays, a treatment designed to increase strength and protection to damaged and decayed teeth.
What is a dental onlay?
A dental onlay is a restorative treatment for damaged and decayed teeth. Non-invasive and durable, dental onlays increase the strength and lasting protection of your teeth, requiring less removal of the natural tooth.
Dental onlays restore the space in between the cusps, or rounded edges of the tooth, and covers the entire biting surface of the tooth. Because of their extensive coverage, dental onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns.
Onlays restore large cavities without having to require more involved treatment such as a crown.
Also, if an area of fracture or decay is too big, fillings are not the right solution. Onlays only repair the affected area of the tooth, leaving the healthy natural enamel untouched.
Who is the right candidate to get a dental onlay?
Ideal candidates for dental onlay treatment typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
What are the benefits to dental onlay treatment?Dental onlays have many benefits including:
- Durability: Dental onlays are composed of strong, durable material.
- Strengthen Teeth: Unlike traditional fillings, dental onlays strengthen the tooth it adheres to.
- Lasting: Dental onlays prolong tooth life and may prevent need for future dental treatment of a decayed tooth.