Fillings can help repair damaged, broken down and decayed teeth.
What Are Tooth Crowns?
Tooth crowns are simple and generally discreet prosthetics meant to cover and safeguard imperfect teeth. Like the name suggests, a crown is a covering for the top of a tooth, usually made of porcelain or another durable dental substance. Crowns become necessary when a tooth is infected or broken, leaving it susceptible to infection. After applying a crown over the tooth, the chances of infection are greatly reduced.
Along with crowns, our cosmetic dentists offer dental inlays and onlays, also known as “indirect fillings.” There are several differences between crowns, inlays, and onlays; however, the main one is that crowns cover the entirety of a tooth’s surface, while inlays and onlays cover only a portion of a tooth’s surface. Read on to learn more about these dynamic prosthetics.
Dental Inlays: The textured tops of your teeth help you chew food effectively. However, when they’re damaged or worn away due to trauma or disease, chewing can become difficult and even painful. Dental inlays can help repair these surfaces in small, chipped areas. Natural-looking and made-to-fit, inlays are excellent alternatives to traditional metal fillings.
Dental Onlays: Like onlays, dental inlays are dentist-made coverings meant to protect the surfaces of your teeth. However, an inlay covers only a small portion of the surface of your tooth, while an onlay covers the entire tooth. Generally, onlays are appropriate for teeth that retain more than half of their biting surfaces. Otherwise, your dentist may recommend a dental crown.
Choose Lifelike Porcelain Veneers
There’s a reason so many people opt for porcelain veneers. Porcelain is high-end ceramic, which, when mixed correctly, closely imitates the appearance of natural enamel. Your dentist will examine the color of your existing teeth, then have our lab create thin porcelain veneers to match that exact shade. No one will be able to tell you’re wearing veneers.
Preparing to receive porcelain veneers may take a few appointments. Before installing veneers, your dentist will likely have you visit our clinic a few days beforehand. During this time, our team will take x-rays of your teeth and remove some existing enamel. This will help your new veneers cover your teeth more snugly, as well as create a more realistic new smile.
Be Sure to Ask About Lumineers
Porcelain veneers are just one of the options available to our patients. If you’re in the market for oral prosthetics that offer a little more in the way of looks and simplicity, our team recommends you ask about Lumineers, a popular new alternative to traditional veneers. Lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers in many ways—however, the main difference is the application process.
Lumineers installation is generally regarded as simpler and less painful than porcelain veneer installation. However, it’s also a little pricier. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff about our in-house insurance special, which is available to almost all patients. We want to help you afford the Lumineers you need to feel confident about your smile once more.