How Long Can Onlays Last?

By: Dr. Ellen Katz


When considering the option of a dental onlay, understanding its longevity and the quality of care you'll receive is crucial. At Maison BE Dental Studio, Dr. Ellen Katz offers this sophisticated form of tooth restoration for her New York patients. Dental onlays are an excellent long-term solution for addressing tooth decay and repairing a damaged tooth, offering both aesthetic appeal and functional resilience. For more information about cosmetic dentistry or to schedule a consultation, contact our New York, NY, dental studio today.

How durable are dental onlays?

Dental onlays are renowned for their durability and ability to withstand the rigors of daily dental function. These restorations, made from materials like composite resin, porcelain, or gold, are specifically designed to endure the pressures of chewing and biting. Onlays often last 10 – 15 years, making them a preferred choice for tooth restoration. Patients at Maison BE Dental Studio can trust that their onlays can not only restore their damaged teeth but also blend seamlessly with their natural teeth.

What factors affect the lifespan of onlays?

There are several factors that can affect the lifespan of your onlay. Some of those considerations include:

  • Material used: The choice of material significantly impacts an onlay’s lifespan.
  • Location of the onlay: Onlays placed on teeth that bear the brunt of chewing, like molars, may have a shorter lifespan due to increased wear and tear.
  • Oral hygiene habits: Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental check-ups, play a crucial role in maintaining the onlay.

How do regular dental check-ups extend the life of onlays?

Regular dental check-ups at our New York dental studio are essential for prolonging the lifespan of dental onlays. These check-ups allow Dr. Katz to monitor the condition of your onlays and address minor issues before they escalate into major concerns. Routine visits also include professional cleaning, which is vital in preventing plaque and tartar buildup that could undermine the integrity of the onlay.

How does oral hygiene impact onlay longevity?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is paramount for the longevity of dental onlays. Effective oral care practices include:

  • Regular brushing and flossing to prevent plaque and tartar buildup
  • Using non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damage to the onlay material
  • Avoiding hard and sticky foods that can exert undue stress on the onlays

What should you do if your onlay is damaged or worn?

Even with excellent care, onlays may eventually exhibit signs of wear or damage. In such cases, it's crucial to contact Maison BE Dental Studio promptly. We can assess the condition of your onlay and recommend an appropriate course of action, such as repair or replacement. Addressing these issues early can prevent further damage to the tooth and maintain the aesthetic integrity of your smile. Delaying treatment can lead to more complex dental problems, making prompt attention essential in the realm of cosmetic dentistry and tooth restoration.

Improve your smile with onlays

If you have damaged or decayed teeth, dental onlays may be a wise tooth restoration option. Dr. Ellen Katz and her team at Maison BE Dental Studio in New York, NY, are committed to providing high-quality dental onlays that not only enhance your smile but also endure for an extended period. Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are key to maintaining the longevity of your onlays. If you're interested in dental onlays for tooth restoration or have concerns about your existing onlays, don't hesitate to contact Maison BE Dental Studio. Begin your journey toward a healthier, more beautiful smile today.

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