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Dental crowns, inlays and onlays

Dental crowns

A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are used to restore the shape, appearance and function of the damaged teeth. They may also be necessary after a root canal treatment, when a tooth has had a large filling or when it is broken. Crowns are available in a wide variety of materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. However, it is with porcelain crowns that the most natural appearance can be achieved.

The process leading to a crown cementation generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits spread over a period of three to four weeks. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, crowns can last a lifetime.

Dental inlays and onlays

Dental inlays are similar to fillings and lie inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are then cemented into place. Instead of using the usual restorative materials like amalgams (silver fillings) or composites (white fillings), it is possible to turn to a more solid method to fix a tooth with the help of inlays or onlays.

A dental onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth and is indicated in situations where a substantial reconstruction is required. However, more of the tooth structure can be conserved compared to the placement of a crown.

Porcelain or ceramic inlays and onlays are applied in two dental visits..