Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers porcelain onlays. Porcelain onlays are used to protect teeth that are at risk of fracturing due to gum disease or tooth decay. In these cases, the teeth have been weakened to the point that fillings cannot protect the teeth. Both porcelain onlays and crowns cover the chewing surface of the tooth, but porcelain onlays cover a portion of the chewing surface while crowns cover the entire chewing surface. Crowns may irritate the gums, but porcelain onlays cause less gum irritation than crowns and help the patient keep the natural tooth and gums clean because they do not cover the teeth down to the gum line. Unlike crowns, porcelain onlays do not require the dentist to remove the tooth structure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Onlays
What happens during the procedure for porcelain onlays at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry?
Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry performs the procedure for porcelain onlays over two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist makes impressions of the teeth. The impressions are used by a lab to make custom fit porcelain onlays. The dentist administers topical or local anesthesia to numb the affected teeth and gums. The natural teeth are shaped, and decay and fillings are removed from the teeth. The dentist protects the affected teeth with temporary fillings. The second appointment is scheduled when the porcelain onlays are received by the lab. During this appointment, the dentist permanently adheres the porcelain onlays to the natural teeth. Follow-up appointments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit of the porcelain onlays.
When can normal activities resume after the procedure for porcelain onlays?
Patients who undergo the procedure for porcelain onlays, may feel numb after the first appointment. Patients should exercise caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for porcelain onlays?
Some patients experience mild discomfort during the first appointment while the dentist reshapes the teeth. Patients should express any discomfort to the dentist during the procedure. Patients who experience discomfort after the second appointment for porcelain onlays should contact Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for a follow-up appointment.