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What are dental onlays?

Damaged and broken teeth are unattractive, but they also weaken the structure of your tooth, which can lead to more complicated and costly treatments down the road.

Dental onlays are a restorative treatment used at Winter Park Family Dentistry to repair teeth that are slightly damaged and do not require a crown. Onlays are most often custom-made from composite resin material but can also be made of a combination of porcelain and metal.

Composite material can be color-matched to the shade of your teeth so to blend perfectly with surrounding teeth. They are so natural-looking that nobody will know you have onlays.

Dental onlays are custom-made in a dental lab, using impressions taken of the damaged tooth. Once the onlay has been created, it is bonded securely to the surface of your teeth.

The advantage of using onlays instead of crowns is that very little preparation of your tooth is necessary. Whenever possible, we take a conservative approach and use treatments that improve your oral health while protecting as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.

Dental onlays are very effective, but they are only appropriate in certain cases. Dr. Matar will be happy to spend time with you to discuss your options for treatment, including dental onlays.