Onlay vs Crown: What’s The Difference?

 In Crowns, Dental Restoration, San Antonio Dentist

If your teeth have been compromised through decay, cracks or fractures, you will need restorative dentistry services to help restore the mouth back into a functional state. Two common forms of restorative dentistry include Dental Onlays and Dental Crowns, both of which serve a different purpose. In this blog post, we will share the differences to help evaluate which might be the best solution for you.

Dental Onlays

Dental Onlays are pre-molded tooth restorations, often made of porcelain, composite resin or gold. They help repair rear teeth that have small fractures or a mild to moderate infection. Dentists often choose Onlays when only a small area of the tooth has been compromised, and when they believe the tooth is too weak for a regular filling.
The benefits of Onlays include teeth strengthening, preventing tooth loss and providing an aesthetic cosmetic finish.

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns are fixed, prosthetic ‘caps’ that replace the entire outer structure of your tooth. They are often made from ceramic, porcelain or resin. Dentists often choose crowns as a solution when over 50% of the tooth’s surface is compromised.
The benefits of crowns include protection from further tooth decay, sensitivity relief and an overall enhancement of your smile.

What is the Best Solution For Me?

The best solution depends on the severity of tooth damage. Dental Onlays repair rear teeth that have small fractures or a mild to moderate infection. Dental crowns repair and replace teeth with major damage, including serious infection or missing teeth.

Here at Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental, we will assess the damage to determine the best solution for you. We use CEREC 3D x-ray technology to create precise restorations of the missing parts of your teeth, and we do it fast. You can be in and out on the same day. For both our Crowns and Onlays, we create a natural-looking ceramic finish that blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Suffering from fractured, compromised or decayed teeth? Contact Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental today and get the smile you deserve.

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