Most people are hesitant and nervous when it comes to having any type of dental procedure. The aspect of not knowing everything that is going to happen can cause people to get very anxious about what all will happen. Because of that, we are going to give a good overview of what happens during a dental onlay procedure.
What is a dental onlay?
A dental onlay is a device that is used to help in fixing issues with a tooth including a cavity that has grown too large for a filling, chipped or worn down tooth surfaces, and some other simple fixes that can be done with an onlay compared to other more invasive procedures.
A dental onlay is constructed in a lab outside of the dentist’s office after they have taken the mold of the patient’s tooth. When the onlay is received back to the dentist, they will schedule a time to have it cemented and fixed in a person’s mouth.
How is a dental onlay installed?
The dental onlay procedure is straightforward compared to other options. After the patient’s tooth is molded and sent to have the onlay constructed, once it is received back it will be installed on the person’s tooth. Once this is done, any issues they may have been having or a cavity that had grown too large will be corrected.
Is any decay removed?
After the tooth decay is removed, the dentist will then take the mold to create the onlay. Although it is the best option for a cavity that needs to be filled that a dentist has removed, the onlay would then be used to cover where the cavity had been removed.
Once these steps have been taken, then it will be possible for the onlay to be cemented and fastened on the tooth.
Have more questions about dental onlay procedures?
If you have any additional questions about dental onlays and the procedure of having them installed, feel free to reach out to our office and give us a call. We can help in answering any additional questions you may have about the procedure and any other steps you need to take.
Having the right information before the procedure can be the trick between having anxiety on the day, or being prepared and ready for each step. If you talk openly with your dentist and ask questions, they will be glad to step you through each part.
Contact our office today, and we can help in guiding you to make the best decisions for your teeth, gums, and oral health. Our staff is always excited and eager to help patients learn the different steps and calm any anxieties they may be having about having the procedure completed. Call us today and let us start helping you!
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