Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Restoring Your Smile at West Corona Dentistry
Porcelain crowns, onlays, and inlays are an effective procedure to repairing damaged teeth that have undergone trauma. Although they are very similar, they differ slightly – allowing dental patients to choose an option that is better suited to their dental problem. Despite these differences, these comprehensive restorative procedures all serve the same purpose of protecting the vulnerable inner pulp chamber and restoring dental function. As these solutions are made of highly natural and durable looking porcelain, they leave patients with a beautiful and flawless smile that gives them the confidence to smile again.
Crowns (also known as caps) are used to cover the entire surface of the tooth – restoring its original size and shape. Crowns help protect and strengthen the tooth structure that is damaged and cannot be repaired as well as restore the function of the smile.
Porcelain crowns that are tooth-colored are especially popular due to their close resemblance to natural teeth. At West Corona Dentistry, your porcelain crown is customized to fit the rest of your smile by matching the shape, color, and size of the rest of your teeth. Although they are highly durable, they’re not permanent and may need to be replaced in the future.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are custom made dental fillings that are made up of composite material. Unlike composite fillings, these porcelain restorations are permanently cemented into and onto the tooth, respectively, and are custom made to look just like a natural tooth. Just like porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays are durable but not permanent – meaning that they will also need to be replaced in time.
Part of the advantage of inlays and onlays is their ability to conservatively repair teeth that have suffered trauma, damage by decay, or have large defective fillings. This makes them an ideal form of treatment in cases where a filling is not enough but a crown is unnecessary. Although these treatments are almost identical, they differ in slight yet important ways.
While inlays are a better alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings, onlays (also known as partial crowns) are known to be an ideal alternative to crowns because of their preparation process, which involves less removal of tooth structure.
Do I Need Treatment?
Determining when you need to seek dental treatment is important. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are effective restoration options that can be applied to a number of different dental health or cosmetic problems. Reasons for crown, inlay, or onlay treatment include:
- Tooth decay
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Tooth previously treated with root canal therapy
- Fractured or large fillings
If you’re suffering from either of these dental problems, you might need to seek treatment to prevent further damage. However, it’s important to consult your West Corona dentist to ensure that you get the right treatment for your teeth. During your visit, we will evaluate the condition of your smile and discuss your smile goals.
Making an informed decision is important, therefore, speaking to your dentist, scheduling a consultation, and conducting your own research is advised.
Visit West Corona Dentistry in Corona
If you’re in need of a restorative dental treatment, contact our experienced dentists at West Corona Dentistry in Corona. Say goodbye to chipped or fractured teeth and hello to a beautiful smile! We’ll work closely with you in order to ensure you get the best treatment and results possible. Call us today to get started!
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