Cover Damaged Teeth
Even with a cavity or small chip, teeth often require significant structural repair. When a dental filling will not offer the improvement you need, dental crowns, inlays, and onlays often offer more substantial support, so you can regain the physical integrity, function, and health of your tooth.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is an artificial tooth often referred to as a “cap” because it fits over your natural tooth. You may require a crown if your tooth has suffered severe damage and can no longer stand on its own without additional support or protection.
For example, if you suffer an impact and lose a large portion of your tooth, but an extraction is unnecessary, we may cover and protect your tooth with a crown. We also complete root canal treatment with a dental crown to prevent future bacterial invasion and recurring infections.
Types of Crowns
At Oasis Family Dental, we offer a variety of crowns depending on your esthetic needs and the location of your tooth. Load-bearing teeth, for instance, will require a much stronger crown than your front – or anterior – teeth. We offer a number of crowns, including:
- Porcelain: Composed of thin layers of ceramic, porcelain offers a natural-looking, translucent finish for visible teeth.
- Zirconia: Similar to porcelain, this type of crown offers the beauty of porcelain with added stability for use on back teeth.
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): For beauty with extraordinary strength, this type of crown incorporates a porcelain crown fused to a metal base.
- Metal: Metal offers the greatest strength and a budget-friendly solution to repairing damaged teeth.
About Inlays and Onlays
Your dentist may determine that your tooth’s damage is too severe for a dental filling but not quite severe enough to warrant a full dental crown. To repair portions of your tooth, we offer:
Inlays: An inlay fits within the cusps on top of your teeth to restore your tooth’s structure.
Onlays: An onlay replaces damaged cusps and damaged or missing tissue along the sides of your tooth.
Which Treatment Is Right For Me?
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth with a visual checkup as well as advanced imagery, including digital X-rays and an intraoral camera, to determine which restorative solution best suits your needs.