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Onlay (Impression)

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close up of teeth onlay An onlay is used to rebuild a tooth that has damage to one or more cusp. This treatment helps to restore optimal shape and function while saving as much of the natural tooth as possible.
bottom row of teeth getting a mold At the first appointment, your dentist will take an impression or mold to help make a temporary onlay for your tooth.
a tooth being worked on with a tool Next, the tooth is prepared to make room for the onlay.
teeth getting an impression Your dentist will take another impression of the prepared tooth, and put in a temporary onlay while the final restoration is being constructed by a dental laboratory.
an onlay over teeth At a future appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary onlay and replace it with the final restoration. The final restoration will generally last longer than a filling, since it was fabricated in a lab.
a restored set of bottom teeth Once completed, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function with most of the natural tooth structure preserved.
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