When we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, we take a conservative approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials provide options 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 at risk of loss if treatment is bypassed. While some teeth may need to be fully capped with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be formed back to perfect health with an onlay. A crown requires quite a bit of 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.
Onlays blend seamlessly with natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When your treatment plan calls for the most conservative option, Dr. Pollard may suggest an onlay for ultimate restoration.