CROWNS, INLAYS & ONLAYS
Restoring and Strengthening Damaged Teeth
Our teeth are subjected to significant wear and tear over our lifetime. Teeth can become damaged due to decay, grinding, acid erosion or a fall or sports accident. Bonded restorations are usually the best option for restoring minor damage. However, in cases where significant damage has occured, your dentist may suggest an onlay, inlay or crown.
Dental crowns cover the entire surface area of your damaged tooth and enclose your natural tooth. This makes them highly stable and long lasting restorations. Dental crowns are used to repair broken or chipped teeth, strengthen a worn down tooth, camoflague a discoloured tooth and protect a tooth following Root Canal Treatment. We also place Implant Crowns, which are the tooth shaped attachment to dental implants.
Dental onlays and inlays replace and cover a section of your tooth's visible surface. Inlays are ideal for large cavities, whereas onlays are ideal for chipped cusps or larger breaks in teeth. They are chosen in cases where the layout of remaining tooth is strong. Dental onlays and inlays requires less overall preparation of tooth structure and time than dental crowns. They are made from a durable porcelain material, which makes them extremely strong. Porcelain is an ideal choice for many patients since it adds damage resistance, while looking completely natural.