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Ceramic Onlays

Ceramic Onlays in Buckhead & Greater Atlanta

Provided Solutions for Tooth Decay

There are times when tooth decay and injury are too complex for a filling to repair, yet insufficient amount of damage or enough remaining tooth matter is available to where a dental crown isn’t necessitated. Luckily, our dental experts at Gallery 32 Dental Arts can help with reconstructing and repairing your smile using tooth-colored ceramic onlays.

While very similar to inlays, these indirect restorations are able to replace a larger amount of your remaining tooth for even greater protection. Inquire with our office today to receive a thorough evaluation of your tooth decay and determine which course of treatment is best for the restoration of your smile!

Gallery 32 Dental Arts is available by phone at (404) 341-4434, or you can send us a message online.

What Are Dental Onlays?

An onlay is a form of indirect restoration performed on a decayed, fractured or otherwise damaged tooth. They are just like dental inlays, with the difference that inlays cover solely the pits and fissures in between the cusps, or tips, of the tooth, whereas onlays restore beyond the chewing surface and cover one or more of the affected or eroded cusps. Gold had been used as the traditional material for inlays and onlays in the past, but thanks to modern advancements, ceramic onlays have become the preferred alternative due to their strength and similarity to the natural tooth color.

Some great advantages to obtaining ceramic onlays are:

  • Close resemblance to natural color - The dental onlay matches the color of the surrounding teeth, causing for a seamless and unnoticeable repair.

  • Durable material - The strong ceramic material provides high wear and corrosion resistance, minimal thermal conductivity, and greater biocompatibility compared to metal alternatives.

  • Withstanding color appearance - Because they are so easy to clean, the onlays are able to sustain their natural-resembling color even past 30 years of having them, making this a cost-efficient procedure.

  • Overall tooth support - The high-strength material used for this treatment helps support and strengthen the tooth, in addition to having a much less risk of plaque accumulation.

Ceramic Onlay Process

Typically, the procedure for a dental onlay requires two separate visits. Your initial visit begins with the removal of any tooth decay, weakened areas, or damaged fillings, generally under local anesthesia. Once the site for the onlay has been thoroughly cleaned out, a mold impression of your bite is taken to help create your custom ceramic onlay. While this impression is sent out to a specialized laboratory for fabrication, you will be given a temporary onlay to cover the area until your permanent onlays are ready for your next appointment.

During your second appointment, your temporary covering is removed and the ceramic onlay is tried on to verify that it’s an exact fit. Your dentist will also assess for any occlusion problems that might complicate the placement of the onlay. Once everything seems to work out perfectly, your ceramic onlay will finally be bonded or cemented onto the site, and your smile and oral functionality can return to normal.

To book an appointment or to learn more about our ceramic onlays, give us a call at (404) 341-4434 today!

Real Patients, Real Testimonials

  • Make My Wedding Day Smile Outstanding

    “Dr. Allman and his team listened to my concerns, proposed a procedural timeline, and assured me they would do everything in their power to help make my wedding day smile outstanding.”

    - Jessie
  • Best Specialists in the Field

    “There has never been a call to his office that he has not seen us, coming into the office on days off or after hours. Showing us compassion, honesty and sending us to the best specialists in the field for work that he does not do.”

    - Ryan
  • Up-to-Date Methods

    “Scott was able to fix my crown and correct my bite without braces! He used creative, out-of-the-box thinking with modern, up-to-date methods.”

    - Emily & John
  • Worth Every Penny

    “Everyone is an expert. I highly recommend Dr. Allman. My teeth have never been cleaner or healthier. They even made them Hollywood white after I quit smoking. Worth the drive. And worth every penny.”

    - Kelsey
  • I Even Sleep Better

    “He took such care to be certain that not only my obvious dental symptoms were relieved, but that underlying issues were also addressed (such as a bad bite), that I even sleep better at night now since I no longer unwittingly clench my jaws or grind my teet”

    - Heather
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