Choosing Porcelain Onlays Over Crowns

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When you need dental care because of decaying or damaged teeth, you might be considering what treatments are going to be right for you. For restoration work where fillings are not appropriate, porcelain onlays can be the right option for some people. They have a long list of pros to consider. Often, we find patients choosing onlays rather than getting crowns. Please keep on reading to learn more about them and then give us a call to set up a free consultation.

What Are Porcelain Onlays?

A porcelain onlay is a dental onlay that is used to restore damage or decay on a tooth where the cavity is too big to have a regular filling. What people tend to like about the onlays is that they do not need to remove healthy portions of your tooth in order to bond them like you would need to do with crowns.

You likely cannot tell what the right treatment for you would be just by looking at your teeth in the mirror. Our Calgary dentist needs to assess the situation to see how big the cavity is. If it is too big for them to give you a filling or even a porcelain inlay, then an onlay would be best for you. Again, this decision happens in a dentist’s office.

You would need an inlay if your cavity is confined to the inside of your tooth and does not affect the rims of your tooth or down the sides of it. Onlays are appropriate for when the decayed or damaged area has ruined a bigger area and has affected your bite.

Crowns vs Porcelain Onlays

There certainly are benefits to having a crown placed but, again, people are often opposed to the idea of having healthy parts of your tooth removed in order to get a crown. When this is a concern of yours, you should speak up to your dentist about it and together you can decide if porcelain onlays would be a better option for you. You might prefer the option of an onlay because there has been reason to worry about having a tooth fracture and eventually having to have a root canal because of it.

You have options about what your onlay can be made of, but porcelain onlays are very popular because they are invisible. People often opt for porcelain over gold because they don’t want people to see their dental work so obviously, and gold is very noticeable. We can customize the color of your porcelain onlay to match the color of your teeth more precisely so that no one would be able to spot it when you talk, laugh, or smile.

Call Our Calgary Dentist Today

Are you contemplating what type of restorative dental work you will need? If you have cavities, decaying teeth, or damage to your teeth, please do not wait to get in touch with us. If left untreated, you could be dealing with much worse. Let us help you decide if you need a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown. We can provide you with the care you need to treat the problem. Give our office a call right away to set up a free consultation.