All-Porcelain Crowns, Onlays, & Inlays
When you have a damaged or decayed tooth in the front of the smile, restoring its strength is just as important as renewing its beauty. At Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Burr takes care of both with all-porcelain crowns, onlays, and inlays. Smile with full confidence once again with the help of a natural-looking porcelain restoration!
Forget the days when having a damaged tooth repaired meant covering it up with a noticeable, unsightly crown or filling. All-porcelain options blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns are thin, tooth-shaped coverings that fit securely around a damaged tooth. A crown is also sometimes called a cap. Good for broken, weak, worn, or seriously decayed teeth, porcelain crowns restore both form and function of the front teeth.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a good choice for restoring decay or damage that requires more than a filling, but does not yet need a dental crown. These “indirect fillings” are created outside of the mouth and bonded to the tooth after. Unlike traditional fillings, those made of porcelain actually strengthen the tooth.
An inlay, which is bonded inside the cusp of your tooth (similar to a conventional filling), is the solution for smaller bits of decay. The onlay is used for more significant decay or damage and reaches over the cusp and around the tooth. Your dentist can help you understand which is best for your smile.
Porcelain Restoration: A Beautiful Solution
Crowns can be made of a number of materials, including porcelain fused-to-metal, gold, zirconia, or metal alloys. Porcelain (or ceramic) is used for front tooth restorations because it is biocompatible, highly esthetic, and strong. Porcelain reflects light just like tooth enamel. Its color is also customizable to closely match the shade of the surrounding teeth.
However, porcelain is considerably more resistant to stains and discoloration than the natural teeth. After you have received your porcelain restoration, it is a good idea to try to reduce stains on the surrounding teeth to ensure your crown continues to blend well with the rest of the smile.
Caring for an All-Porcelain Restoration
When properly maintained, you can expect your all-porcelain crown, inlay, or onlay to stay healthy for many years. Occasionally they do need repair or attention -- notify your dentist immediately if you notice your restoration becoming loose or if it breaks.
Keep your crown, inlay, and onlay strong by maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day. Floss daily. While brushing and flossing, concentrate on the area at the base of the crown to remove excess plaque and prevent tartar buildup. Floss gently to avoid pulling on the crown.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Dr. Burr provides restorative dentistry with an eye for the overall beauty of your smile. Contact us if you could benefit from an all-porcelain crown, inlay, or onlay. And remember that you can prevent the need for dental work by staying on top of your regular checkups and cleanings. Request an appointment today!