Cosmetic fillings or bonding can be great solutions for mild to moderate tooth damage. However, these options do not protect a tooth from further damage, and they are insufficient for severely damaged or worn down teeth. In many cases, a dental crown can save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction.
Full coverage crowns
These restorations cover all exposed surfaces of the tooth with a thick layer of porcelain or metal. We offer all-porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal crowns for superior esthetics and strength. The process usually takes two or three visits.
The first step is preparing the tooth. Your dentist will remove any diseased and decayed material, and then shape the tooth carefully for proper retention. An impression is taken and sent to a quality dental laboratory where your new crown is fabricated. This process usually takes two or three weeks. You will be provided with a temporary crown to protect the tooth and enable proper chewing during this time. It is best to avoid caramel, nuts, and other hard or sticky foods while wearing a temporary restoration.
Inlays and Onlays
Large cavities, broken teeth, and other damage may be too extensive for a filling, yet not require the support of a full crown. Inlays and onlays, also known as partial crowns, cover a portion of the tooth. An onlay is a bit larger than an inlay, extending over all or part of the tip of the tooth. There is no need to reduce the size of a tooth or shape it, because inlays and onlays are designed to fit the existing structure.
The process typically requires two or three visits. It is very similar to the procedure for a full crown, except the tooth does not need to be shaped. The damaged portion is removed, and the inlay or onlay is designed and shaped to fit the healthy portion of the tooth.
Dr. Roy L Irons is committed to providing high quality care for residents of Gulfport, MS, and surrounding communities with the most conservative procedures available. After a thorough evaluation, he will help you choose a great solution to restore your smile. Call (228) 863-6413
today and schedule an appointment at Gulf Coast Dental Center.
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