KYT Dental Services

Dental Onlays

Introduction

Dental onlays, tailor-made fillings, are designed to restore the chewing surface of a tooth. These fillings, often crafted from materials like porcelain, composite, or gold, offer a strong and visually pleasing remedy for tooth decay or similar types of damage. Adhering to the following post-operative guidelines is essential for your comfort and to ensure the durability of your onlay.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

  • Sensitivity: It's normal to experience some sensitivity to temperature or pressure shortly after the procedure. This usually diminishes within a few days.
  • Biting and Chewing: Exercise caution when eating. Until the numbness subsides, avoid using the treated tooth for chewing to prevent accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.

Oral Hygiene with Onlays

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth gently yet thoroughly twice daily, using a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Flossing: Maintain daily flossing, being careful around the onlay to prevent it from becoming loose.
  • Mouthwash: An alcohol-free mouthwash is preferable to avoid irritation and maintain cleanliness in the treated area.

Diet and Lifestyle Adjustments

  • Foods and Drinks: For the initial few days, steer clear of hard, sticky, or chewy foods. Limit consumption of substances that could stain your teeth.
  • Chewing Habits: Avoid biting on hard objects such as pens, ice, or your fingernails to protect the onlay from damage.

Protecting Your Dental Onlay

  • Regular Check-Ups: It's vital to have regular dental check-ups to monitor your onlay and overall dental health.
  • Night Guards: If you grind your teeth at night, consider using a night guard to protect your onlay and other teeth.

When to Contact Your Dentist

Should you encounter prolonged sensitivity, discomfort, or if your bite feels uneven, it's important to reach out to your dentist. Also, if the onlay becomes loose or falls out, seek dental advice without delay.

Contact Information

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact KYT Dental Services.

Taking good care of your dental onlay is crucial for its effectiveness and longevity. Please follow these instructions diligently and don't hesitate to get in touch with us for any further guidance or help.

Frequently Asked Post-Op Questions about Dental Onlays

1. Can I eat immediately after getting a dental onlay?

Answer: Yes, with the use of the best cement for dental onlays, you can eat immediately after the procedure. However, it's advisable to wait until the numbness wears off to avoid biting your tongue or cheek.

2. What should I avoid eating after receiving a dental onlay?

Answer: Even though you can eat immediately, it's best to avoid very hard, sticky, or chewy foods for the first 24 hours to ensure the onlay sets properly.

3. Will I experience sensitivity after the onlay procedure?

Answer: Some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can occur for a few days after the procedure. This is normal and should subside on its own.

4. How do I care for my dental onlay?

Answer: Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Avoid using abrasive toothpaste that can wear down the onlay.

5. How long will it take for the onlay to feel normal in my mouth?

Answer: Most patients adjust to their new onlay within a few days, but it can take up to two weeks for it to feel completely normal.

6. Is there any special care needed for a dental onlay?

Answer: No special care is needed beyond your regular dental hygiene routine, but regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the onlay and surrounding teeth.

7. How long do dental onlays last?

Answer: With proper care, dental onlays can last for 10 to 15 years or even longer. Their longevity depends on the material, the tooth's location, and your oral hygiene practices.

8. Can I brush my teeth after the onlay procedure?

Answer: Yes, you can brush your teeth after the procedure. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle brushing techniques to avoid dislodging the new onlay.

9. Is it normal for the onlay to feel slightly rough?

Answer: Initially, the onlay might feel a bit rough to your tongue, but this sensation should diminish as you get used to it. If it remains bothersome, contact your dentist.

10. Can a dental onlay fall off?

Answer: It's rare, but a dental onlay can detach if exposed to excessive force or if the bonding wasn't successful. If this happens, contact your dentist immediately.

11. What if my bite feels uneven after the onlay?

Answer: If your bite feels uneven or you experience discomfort when chewing, return to your dentist. A simple adjustment can usually fix this issue.

12. Can I use mouthwash after getting an onlay?

Answer: Yes, you can use mouthwash. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash to avoid irritation.

13. Will I need a follow-up visit after the onlay procedure?

Answer: Your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit to check the onlay's placement and your oral health.

14. Are there any signs of complications I should watch for?

Answer: Contact your dentist if you experience persistent pain, swelling, or if the onlay feels loose or falls out.

15. How soon can I return to my normal activities?

Answer: You can resume most of your normal activities immediately. Just be cautious with your eating habits for the first 24 hours.

16. Is it normal to have gum soreness after the procedure?

Answer: Some gum soreness or sensitivity around the treated area is normal and should subside within a few days.

17. Can I drink alcohol after getting an onlay?

Answer: It's best to avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours as it can interfere with the cement's bonding process.

18. How does a dental onlay differ from a filling?

Answer: A dental onlay covers one or more cusps of a tooth, offering more extensive coverage than a filling, which is used for smaller restorations.

19. Can I whiten my teeth after an onlay procedure?

Answer: Yes, but it's advisable to wait a few weeks. Be aware that the onlay material may not whiten along with your natural teeth.

20. Will insurance cover the cost of a dental onlay?

Answer: Many dental insurance plans partially cover onlays. It's best to check with your provider for specific coverage details.

21. What materials are used for dental onlays?

Answer: Dental onlays can be made from porcelain, composite resin, or gold. Your dentist will recommend the best material for your specific needs.

22. How do I know if my onlay needs to be replaced?

Answer: Regular dental check-ups are essential, as your dentist will monitor the onlay for any signs of wear or damage.

23. Can a dental onlay protect a cracked tooth?

Answer: Yes, a dental onlay can protect and restore a cracked tooth by covering and binding the cracked portions together.

24. What happens if I delay getting a dental onlay?

Answer: Delaying treatment can lead to further decay or damage, potentially requiring more extensive and costly procedures.

25. What are the treatment options for exposed dentin?

Answer: Treatments include fluoride varnishes, desensitizing agents, dental bonding, and, in severe cases, gum grafts to cover exposed roots and protect dentin.