We use an inlay/onlay when the tooth can no longer support a basic filling.
The inlay is like a filling. An onlay is a bit larger and goes over the cusps of your tooth. Materials used are gold, porcelain and composite.
Inlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
Preparation and cementation of an inlay/only normally occurs over two visits.
If there is more damage to the tooth and less supporting structure then a dental crown is best option.
An artificial crown is the best way to save and strengthen a tooth that has been damaged beyond repair due to:
- tooth decay
- root canal therapy
- wear and tear
Crowns are made of porcelain, zirconia and metal alloy. The crowns color can be made to match the adjacent teeth. The metal alloy used in crowns mean they are strong and durable making them the best option for molar teeth.
Here at Paul Beath Dental we work alongside a dental laboratory, which manufactures the crowns.
On your first visit your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth (using a gel like substance) to make a record of their appearance and how your teeth sit in your mouth.
The area is then numbed using local anesthetic and the tooth is reshaped. Another impression is taken at this point which is then sent to the dental laboratory.
A temporary crown is attached to the tooth while the crown is being made.
At the second visit the temporary crown is removed and the final porcelain crown is cemented on.
Meticulous planning and skill by both the dental laboratory and us ensures correct fit of the crown and longevity of the restoration.
Correct care of your crowns is recommended, including twice yearly check – up and cleaning, along with twice daily brushing and flossing along the margin of the tooth.