Preserve and Strengthen Weak Teeth
Restorative dental care helps teeth recover from a variety of problems. A cavity, for instance, causes damage that is easily treated by a filling. But when you experience more severe trauma, you may find your tooth requires more substantial repair. For damaged teeth, we may suggest a dental crown, inlay, or onlay.
What Are Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays?
These restorative treatments work to restore the structural integrity of your tooth that is decayed or damaged. If you suffer partial tissue loss due to a break or severe cavity, for instance, an inlay or onlay may be appropriate. Inlays are like small puzzle pieces shaped to fit within the cusps – or protrusions – on top of your tooth. Onlays replace those cusps when damaged, as well as tissue down the side of your tooth.
In more extreme cases, a dental crown may better suit your needs. A crown is a hollow prosthetic that looks like your natural tooth. We will permanently place it over your tooth to offer protection, while restoring your tooth’s function and structure. Your dentist may offer you one of a variety of dental crown types depending on the location of your affected tooth. Load-bearing teeth in the back of your mouth, for instance, will require a stronger material than the anterior teeth in the front of your mouth. We offer porcelain, zirconia, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and metal crowns.
Benefits of Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
A tooth that has suffered significant damage needs to be made whole again for you to achieve optimal oral health. By ignoring a problem that requires a crown, inlay, or onlay, you may place your tooth at risk. Restoration benefits include:
- Crowns cover a tooth after root canal treatment, restoring your function and beauty
- Crowns, inlays, and onlays protect teeth by sealing openings through which bacteria may enter, commonly leading to tooth infection
- Restoring your tooth’s structure with an inlay or onlay assists in preventing further physical damage, such as breakage
- These restorations improve your ability to chew and speak comfortably and effectively