Dental crowns or 'caps' are used for a variety of reasons in restorative dentistry. They not only strengthen a decayed or damaged tooth, but they can also improve the appearance, shape and alignment.
Dental crowns can be made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain depending on their placement, and damage to the tooth, and your preference. After you meet with Dr. Holley or Dr. Duncan for an initial consultation, they can recommend the best material for your needs.
Most patients in the Austin area need dental crowns for one of the following reasons:
- To reinforce or protect a damaged tooth from becoming more damaged or fracturing
- To restore a fractured tooth
- To replace a large filling if there isn't enough tooth remaining to work with
- To attach a bridge to adjacent teeth
- To cover a dental implant, a discolored tooth, or a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment (a root canal)
For many people suffering from damaged teeth, the best solutions to restore the look and function of their teeth are porcelain inlays or porcelain onlays.
Porcelain inlays and porcelain onlays are custom-made restorations that are used to repair damaged teeth. Porcelain inlays are similar to fillings because they are permanently bonded to the inside of the tooth to correct problems like cavities or old restorations that have been removed.
Porcelain onlays are used to correct teeth that have suffered more significant damage. Porcelain onlays are also custom- made to correct your unique dental problem, but they fit over the tooth more. Dr. Holley and Dr. Duncan will answer all your porcelain inlay and porcelain onlays questions during your initial consultation.
If you are located in the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown, Texas area and you would like to learn about dental crowns, bridges, inlays or onlays, contact us today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.