Crowns and Onlays at Ascot Dental Practice
Smile restoration in a professional setting
How Does Ascot Dental Practice Restore Damaged Smiles?
Onlays, inlays and crowns are very popular treatments that are used to restore damaged smiles here at our local dental clinic. This helps you to get a complete set of healthy teeth back, avoiding extractions whenever we are able to do so.
Onlays, inlays or crowns are usually selected as an appropriate treatment where fillings are unable to restore the tooth, usually because the tooth is too damaged. We will consider everything that contributes to the use and aesthetics of the tooth before selecting the best restorative treatment.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns (otherwise known as caps), are a well-established restorative dentistry treatment. These popular dental devices do not replace the full tooth, but they do replace the top of the tooth visible above the gum. This makes the natural tooth look better, makes it stronger, and helps to improve all-round bite functionality.
Crowns can be needed in several circumstances, for example where a tooth has too much damage for a filling to adequately correct it, or to form the final part of dental implant or root canal treatment.
How Does Dental Crown, Onlay And Inlay Treatment Work?
Before we place a crown we have to profile the natural tooth so that the crown fits correctly on top. Once the profiling is complete, we usually place a temporary crown whilst the permanent version is made in our laboratory facility. Once the laboratory has completed the crown, we fit it using strong dental cement. The fit is extremely precise, to ensure the crown looks and feels completely natural, and very comfortable. With inlay and onlay procedures, the process is similar to when we fit a crown, but the preparation phase is not so extensive. Most crown, onlay and inlay treatments typically take place over two appointments.
Where Are Onlays And Inlays Used?
We will apply an onlay when the decay or damage of the tooth is too substantial for a filling, but the tooth structure is strong enough to remain intact without a crown. With an inlay, the gap in the tooth is also substantial but instead of just replacing the top of the tooth like an onlay does, it replaces the cusp or 'biting section' of the tooth.
Which Materials Are Used To Make Onlays, Crowns And Inlays?
Ascot Dental Practice uses a wide variety of materials to form crowns, onlays and inlays. Ceramic, composite or even gold can be used depending on your preference and we will discuss the different materials with you before your restoration, so that you understand the benefits of each in relation to your needs.
At our professional, local clinic we will always use the best techniques and materials to ensure our crowns, inlays and onlays are fitted extremely well, ensuring your tooth restoration is as natural as possible.
Our experienced dental team here at Ascot Dental Practice have a wide range of equipment, expertise and treatment types to ensure all your dental requirements are met. Please call our friendly receptionists on 01344 873448 to book your appointment today.