Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays

Esthetically Restoring Teeth with Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays

Cracked or severely worn teeth can cause discomfort and keep you from smiling and chewing properly. Left untreated, you could experience acute pain or an awkwardly broken tooth. The type of custom, esthetically pleasing crowns, inlays, and onlays (also known as partial crowns) to renew and strengthen damaged smiles will depend upon the condition of the tooth in need of repair.

A crown, also sometimes referred to as a “cap,” sits atop a compromised tooth to restore structural integrity and protect against further damage. Options include either all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-gold, and/or gold crowns, depending upon tooth location and stressors to determine the best and most esthetically pleasing or functional material for your restoration.

Custom crowns can take up to three visits to design and place. I will examine your smile, take a dental impression, and fit you with a customized temporary crown. A skilled ceramist at one of our trusted and certified U.S.A. labs (many labs will farm work overseas to cheaper labs) will hand make your crown in a shade matching your natural tooth color if a porcelain type of crown is selected. When your dental work is completed, the temporary crown removed and your new crown is cemented, thus restoring abeautiful, healthy smile.

I may recommend an inlay or onlay if your damaged tooth doesn’t require a full crown but needs more restoration to withstand chewing forces than a filling can provide. An inlay fits within the cusps, or bumps, of a tooth. An onlay covers one or more bumps. Like crowns, inlays and onlays are custom restorations created specifically for your unique smile.

Because an attractive smile DOES matter. Call today to schedule your crown, inlay, or onlay appointment with Dr. Heher. We deliver exceptional care and personalized service to residents of Salisbury and Delmarva.

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