Exquisitely Crafted Restorations to Repair Damaged Teeth
If your tooth has sustained significant structural damage, or if you have a cavity that is too extensive for a dental filling alone, we offer several larger restorations to meet your needs. Dental crowns, inlays, and onlays are available in a range of materials, and our lab will carefully fabricate your restoration to match your smile and maintain your healthy bite alignment.
An Introduction to Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
A tooth-shaped dental crown will fit all the way over your damaged tooth. Dr. Dooley will carefully reshape your tooth before placing this restoration. Your soft and hard tissues will be numb during this process, so you should feel experience minimal discomfort, if any. By removing damaged material, Dr. Dooley can create a stable foundation for your restoration and make sure that your crown does not affect the balance of your bite.
Inlays and onlays are sometimes called “partial crowns,” since they perform similar functions but are smaller than full crowns. These restorations go on the chewing surfaces of your molars. Inlays simply fit inside the sharp, pointed cusps, while onlays fit over these sharp points and down the sides of your tooth.
Do You Require a Crown, Inlay, or Onlay?
Crowns, inlays, and onlays can fully restore your dental function. If you have a cracked, weakened, or severely decayed tooth, these restorations will prevent further damage and allow you to eat normally. Although typically considered a restorative option, Dr. Dooley may also recommend a crown if you want to enhance the esthetics of your smile. For instance, if your tooth is internally stained or it has a very irregular shape, a crown may be an effective cosmetic solution to improve the tooth’s appearance.
You may also benefit from a dental crown if you are missing a tooth. These restorations can hold up a dental bridge to fill in the space in your smile, or be placed on a dental implant to create a more lifelike replacement.
The Benefits of These Restorations
We offer an array of restorative materials, and we will choose the type that suits your needs, goals and budget. Your restoration may be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, or advanced zirconia. Porcelain and zirconia will provide the most natural results, though sometimes, metal may be more preferable, especially for back teeth. No matter what material you select, when you care for your teeth properly, your crown, inlay, or onlay could last the rest of your life.
Ask About Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Restoring your tooth is a customized process, and may require a full crown or an inlay or onlay. To find out which option is best for your situation, call Scott Dooley Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-495-8100. We also proudly serve the residents of Dallas, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.