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Restorative dentistry is focused on correcting damage left by decay, trauma or disease. It includes the use of fillings, onlays, crowns and other dental devices designed to repair or replace teeth and to restore both normal function and aesthetics.
A filling generally refers to a restoration that's done right on site, either using a metal amalgam or a tooth-colored composite resin material to fill a cavity left by decay. Onlays are made in a lab, and they're used to correct large areas of decay or damage that aren't quite large enough to require a crown. An onlay usually is made of porcelain, and it's custom-made to fit your restoration. Onlays can also be tinted to match your tooth.
As with a filling, the first step is to remove the decayed portion and clean the treatment area. Then, an impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a lab where the onlay will be made. A temporary filling will be put in place to protect the tooth while the onlay is being fabricated. At the second appointment, the temporary filling will be removed and the onlay will be adhered using a strong dental bonding agent, then gently buffed so it fits perfectly.
Onlays and crowns are both used to restore teeth, but they have different purposes, so it's not a question of which is “better.” A crown is used to restore teeth that have been extensively damaged by decay or trauma. The crown surrounds the entire tooth so it not only restores the healthy appearance of the tooth, but it also helps strengthen it. Onlays are used for large cavities that don't require a crown. The onlay bonding process can also help make a tooth stronger.
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