When we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, our goal is to use the most conservative philosophy in our approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials open doors to rebuild teeth to full strength less invasively than ever before.
Sometimes teeth undergo significant damage due to cavities, heavy bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. Many situations can leave teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed and neglected. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some teeth with smaller fractures, such as craze lines or stress fractures, can be perfectly restored back to health with an onlay. A crown requires a more tooth preparation while onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area making the tooth whole again and stronger than before.
Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative option fits your treatment plan, Drs. Cohen and Patel may suggest an onlay for ultimate restoration.