Are you wondering what you’re going to do about your cavity that you are pretty sure has surpassed the powers of a dental filling? Perhaps a portion of your tooth has broken off and you are not sure how we can possibly fix it. For serious damage, we offer dental crowns, inlays, and onlays. While you may be somewhat familiar with the concept of a crown, the other two restorations may be new to you. Whatever the case, we encourage you to become familiar with these restorative treatments, so you can rest easy. From mild to severe damage, we can often save your tooth from an extraction, so you can enjoy an intact, beautiful, healthy smile.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A crown is a hollow artificial tooth. We may construct it out of one of many materials, depending on the location of the affected tooth in your mouth. Front, visible teeth require a more esthetically pleasing appearance, while the main goal for back teeth is exceptional strength. No matter the material we choose, we will take impressions of your teeth, which we will send to a dental lab. A highly skilled technician will create a custom-fitted (and in many cases, color-matched) crown that we will place permanently over your damaged tooth. Crowns offer support, protection, and stability.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
You have probably already realized that we offer dental crowns when a filling will not do – or when your tooth is too damaged to remain on its own but does not need to be removed. If you are thinking to yourself that perhaps there is something in between a filling and crown, you are correct. Learn more:
- Inlays: Let’s say you suffer a severe cavity that does not require us to cover your entire tooth but a filling is just not sufficient to restore your tooth’s structural integrity. In this case, we will place an inlay – a pre-made piece that will fit just right between your tooth’s cusps to restore its structure.
- Onlays: Similar to an inlay, this is a solid, pre-fabricated restoration, unlike a filling that we mold as we go. An onlay replaces damaged cusp tissue or tissue lost along the side of your tooth.
ABOUT YOUR BOSSIER CITY, LA DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Bossier City, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Bossier City, LA, office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our various other locations in Tyler, Longview, Garland, and Arlington, TX.