What to Expect When Getting a Dental Onlay
Once you’ve arrived for your initial appointment with Truly Dental, your dentist will discuss with you in detail the concerns that prompted you to come in, whether that is finding the cause of recurrent toothache or sensitivity, or to explore options for restoring teeth damaged or marred by decay, previous dental work, or old restorations.
Your dentist will then carry out a comprehensive dental examination, including the taking of specialised dental X-rays to assess your teeth and gums fully. They will then be able to discuss your specific case, your suitability for dental onlays, and their recommendations with you in full respect of your own ideal treatment and smile goals.
Only once you are satisfied with the proposed plan of action will your dentist devise a treatment plan for your case, which will contain a full breakdown of the total cost of your treatment. Our clinical and front of house team will be more than happy to go through all available payment plan options we offer to suit all budgets and needs, as well as schedule you in for your first of two appointments for onlay treatment.
Your first of two visits to the clinic for treatment with dental onlays prepares your tooth to have the onlay placed. At this appointment your dentist will ensure your mouth is completely numbed prior to starting your treatment to ensure the entire procedure is fully pain-free.
However at Truly Dental we do also offer the option for any procedure to be carried out under Dental Sedation. Your dentist can discuss this with you during your initial consultation if this would be preferable for you, allowing even the most nervous patient to avail of high quality, modern dental care in a completely relaxed state free from anxiety or stress.
Your tooth will then be expertly prepared and shaped to make space for the dental onlay. Using our high-tech 3D Scanner your dentist will take a record of your freshly prepared tooth, which is then sent off-site to our dental technicians so they can begin fabricating your new restoration. To protect your tooth in this interim period your dentist will construct and place a temporary onlay, so you won’t have to think about your dental treatment until it’s time to return for your second and final appointment.
It will take between 2 to 3 weeks for your onlay to be fully completed at the lab, as your dentist and the technician collaborate on the bespoke fit and colouration, at which point once it is ready our team will schedule you to return to the clinic to have your permanent onlay securely fitted.
Fitting your Onlay
At this second and final visit, your dentist will remove your temporary onlay and clean the tooth fully.
They will then try the new, permanent onlay at the site and assess the fit, contour, and overall appearance. Only once you are 100% happy with the feel and appearance of the tooth will they cement your onlay in place using a permanent dental cement. After some final checks of your bite and the removal of any excess cement, your treatment is complete and you are ready to show off your new smile!