What are onlays?
An onlay is a type of dental restoration that is also referred to as an indirect filling or partial crown. A dental onlay may be suggested by Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our qualified dentist at Rainier Dental Center, when your tooth has been damaged to the point where a normal filling is not enough, but the tooth can still be salvaged without a dental crown. An onlay is used to fit inside the cavity of the tooth and extends to the cusp, or elevated portion, of the tooth.
How is an onlay made?
Onlays are designed to fit inside and over the tooth and then sent to a dental laboratory for creation. Once back at our dental office, the onlay is permanently cemented into place. There are many materials that can be used to make dental onlays, although porcelain and ceramic are by far the most popular. The goal of an onlay is to restore your tooth while preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. We offer dental onlays in Seattle, Washington as part of our ongoing effort to take care of your smile. If you would like to learn more about how onlays can be used to restore a damaged tooth, please give our dental office a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta. Our team is ready and available to help in any way we can.