Erdenheim Porcelain Dental Onlyas

Restoring Erdenheim Smiles to Health and Beauty

If your dentist has recommended an onlay to restore a damaged or decayed tooth, you might wonder how this restoration differs from a regular filling.

For starters, an onlay (made of high-strength porcelain or resin) is a stronger restoration for the tooth than a metal filling. While traditional fillings can reduce the strength of the tooth up to 50 percent, onlays actually increase tooth strength by up to 75 percent, lasting from 10 to 30 years.

Onlays

Onlays – like crowns – are used for large restorations. They restore inside the cusp of the tooth and also extend over one or more sides of the tooth. (In fact, an onlay can be used as a dental crown.) An onlay can often be used to repair only the damaged portion of the tooth, leaving much more of the original tooth structure intact. Because of their size, onlays are made of strong material, usually porcelain. They are conservative tooth restorations that require far less drilling than metal fillings.

My wife had been going to Chesheim Dental Associates for years and was always urging me to go. When my dentist retired, I decided it was time to try them and none too soon! I broke my tooth and was in need of an immediate repair. Dr. Rothwell expertly repaired my tooth with excellent results. Because I had not seen a dentist in years, many of my previous repairs were failing and I was increasingly aware of my less than good looking smile. With dental problems looming in the future and feeling self conscious about my smile, Dr. Rothwell and I came up with a customized treatment plan. I’m so glad that moved forward with my plan. I cannot say enough about the exceptional care and experience I received. I should have listened to my wife years ago!

- Hugh