Sometimes a tooth suffers from damage (like decay) that is too extensive to be corrected with a dental filling, but is not serious enough to need a dental crown. If this is the case, Dr. Tyler Williams may recommend a dental onlay in Murray, Utah. An onlay is a type of “indirect” filling. It is constructed outside of the mouth at a dental laboratory and then bonded onto the tooth by our dentist. This is different than a “direct” filling, which is applied directly to the tooth in one office visit.
How it Works
The experience of having dental onlay placed is similar to having a dental crown placed. However, there is one important difference: less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed with a dental onlay. This means that your tooth will be stronger. Our goal at Pinecrest Dental is to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, so our dentist recommends a dental onlay whenever possible instead of a dental crown.
When preparing for a dental onlay, our dentist will first numb the tooth with a local anesthetic. The decay is removed and then an impression is made of the tooth. The impression is sent to the dental laboratory so your custom onlay can be made out of tooth-colored resin or ceramic. Before you leave our office, Dr. Tyler Williams, we warranty all dental onlays for 20 years from all chipping, wearing, and cracking as long as you attend your regular dental visits in our office. Contact our dental office today for more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist.