How an Onlay Can Protect a Cracked or Broken Tooth
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
There are multiple causes for broken or cracked teeth, as well as several ways to repair them. When determining the best treatment option for repair of your damaged teeth, there are important things to consider, including which tooth is cracked or broken and the severity of the damage.
Types of Tooth Damage
Although your tooth enamel is tougher than your bones and the strongest tissue in your body, there are numerous things that can chip, crack, or break your teeth, including chewing candy, ice, nuts, or other hard foods, using your teeth for things they are not designed for, such as opening a bottle, or erosion due to acidic foods and beverages, among other causes.
Once a tooth is weakened by decay or damage beneath your enamel, it will be at a much higher risk of being severely damaged. Regardless of the type of tooth damage you have, discuss it with your dentist as soon as possible, even if you are not experiencing any pain.
Onlays for Cracked or Broken Teeth
One treatment for a cracked or broken tooth is an only, which can be a more conservative solution than getting a crown because an onlay doesn't require removing part of your healthy tooth structure. Therefore, onlays are considered minimally invasive dentistry and are an excellent choice for many with damaged teeth. An onlay is a pre-molded restoration for your damaged tooth that covers the chewing surface of a cavity, as well as the biting surface of your tooth.
Having a cracked or broken tooth can turn into a serious problem if left neglected. Getting it restored as soon as possible is in the best interest of your health, as well as your pocketbook if it becomes worse. For more information about how we can help determine the best approach to take with your damaged tooth, contact our office for a consultation.