Dental Inlay / Onlay / Crowns
We use an inlay/onlay when the tooth can no longer support a basic filling.
The inlay is like a filling. An onlay is a bit larger and goes over the cusps of your tooth. Materials used are gold, porcelain and composite.
Inlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
Preparation and cementation of an inlay/only normally occurs over two visits.
If there is more damage to the tooth and less supporting structure then a dental crown is best option.
An artificial crown is the best way to save and strengthen a tooth that has been damaged beyond repair due to:
- tooth decay
- root canal therapy
- wear and tear
Crowns are made of porcelain, zirconia and metal alloy. The crowns color can be made to match the adjacent teeth. The metal alloy used in crowns mean they are strong and durable making them the best option for molar teeth.
Here at Boulton Dental we offer same day CEREC crowns.
On your first visit the area is numbed using local anaesthetic and the tooth is reshaped. A digital scan is taken at this point and your crown is designed. The crown is milled and fired on site.
At the second visit, 1-3 hours later, the final porcelain crown is cemented on.
Correct care of your crowns is recommended, including twice yearly check – up and cleaning, along with twice daily brushing and flossing along the margin of the tooth.