Restoring Tooth Structure
When your tooth experiences severe disease or damage that leaves it vulnerable to breakage or a progressive decline in health, we may suggest a dental crown, inlay, or onlay. These prosthetics restore the structure of your tooth, while protecting it against further damage or disease.
Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Teeth suffer serious physical damage as the result of a wide array of causes. Depending on the extent of your damage, if your tooth is healthy enough to avoid extraction, your dentist may offer one of the following restorative solutions:
- Dental Crown: Dental crowns offer the most substantial restoration. This hollow, artificial tooth covers your natural tooth, providing protection and support. Crowns improve your function and the esthetic quality of your tooth. In addition, they may prevent recurrences of bacterial invasion that leads to infection. We offer porcelain, zirconia, and metal crowns. Porcelain provides a beautiful, natural appearance for anterior teeth. Zirconia offers a similarly natural appearance with the benefit of greater strength – this is an appropriate solution for most teeth. Metal crowns provide the greatest durability for back teeth in need of maximum support.
- Inlay: An inlay is a pre-formed piece of porcelain that fits directly within the cusps on your tooth to replace damaged tissue.
- Onlay: An onlay is also a pre-fabricated piece that replaces cusps and damage dental tissue that extends along the side of your tooth.
Advantages of Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
A damaged tooth may result in a variety of negative side effects. We encourage you to visit us for a crown, inlay, or onlay if your tooth requires restoration. Benefits include:
- A crown offers dramatic improvement for teeth too esthetically damaged for cosmetic treatment, such as veneers
- Dental crowns cover and protect teeth that are healthy enough to remain in place but that require coverage and support – this is often the case after root canal treatment
- Inlays and onlays allow you to salvage a partially damaged tooth without resorting to full crown coverage – restoring full tooth structure assists in preventing further breakage
- Broken teeth often trap food, debris, and bacteria, which results in difficult hygiene and an increased chance of tooth decay or infection – sealing your tooth improves hygiene effectiveness