Onlay vs Crown
Traditionally, the only option available to patients for restoring a broken tooth was a crown. Onlays restore teeth by using porcelain or a similar substance to adhere to the broken tooth and restore its shape.
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With any tooth restoration, the job wears away after time as the heavy force of chewing deteriorates the restorative material. Because crowns require so much of the tooth to be taken away, it can quickly become ineffective after time and the tooth will need to be extracted. Since onlays require less natural tooth to be filed off, the tooth can be restored a few times more than a crown would after initial deterioration. The healthiest option is always to keep as much of the tooth as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eagar to see if an onlay is the best option for you.