Restore Tooth Health and Function
Your teeth perform many functions. They provide you with the ability to speak articulately, to chew your food, and to display a smile that makes you feel proud and attractive. Each tooth houses a nerve center that keeps it healthy and strong. When damage occurs that threatens the structural integrity or stability of that tooth, we often suggest a dental crown, inlay, or onlay, to repair or protect the remaining tooth tissue. Learn more about the benefits of our dental restorations.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide patients with complete tooth coverage. Engineered with a hollow structure, a crown is often referred to as a “cap” because it fits over the visible portion of your tooth to offer protection, structural support, and to allow you to use your tooth to its full functional capacity. We may also offer cosmetic crowns when porcelain veneers will not suffice for significant cosmetic damage. Crowns are custom-fitted for a lifelike look and comfortable fit.
Types of Crowns
We offer crowns in a variety of materials, which we will recommend according to your budget and the location of the tooth. At Dental Associates of Riverside, we offer:
- Porcelain: Porcelain crowns look extremely natural because they are crafted out of translucent material, similar to tooth enamel. We offer porcelain crowns for the more visible teeth.
- Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM): This crown includes a metal base for solid support beneath layers of porcelain offering a visually pleasing effect.
- Zirconia: Zirconia offers similar esthetic value as porcelain, while offering additional strength, making it a contender for front teeth and back teeth.
- Metal: The strongest and most budget-friendly, we suggest metal crowns for back teeth in need of more serious support.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays offer similar support, though they do not cover your entire tooth like a crown. Instead, they replace the portion of your missing tooth much like a puzzle piece.
- Inlays: An inlay fits within the cusps of your teeth, replacing lost tissue. You may receive an inlay if you suffer from tissue damage or a cavity too severe for a filling.
- Onlays: Onlays fit over a portion of your tooth and along the side, replacing damaged cusps and surrounding tissue.