A crown is a dental prosthesis which restores the whole of the tooth except the root. Crowns are the strongest possible solution for damaged teeth and if done well, will function for much longer than a normal filling. They are made to look and feel like natural teeth.
Crowns are usually recommended when there is so much structural damage to a tooth that other filling techniques will not be adequate. The damage may be caused by tooth decay, trauma, and cracks or through wear and tear. A crown greatly strengthens the tooth and provides an improved aesthetic result.
Our dentists will discuss with you to find the suitable type of the crown for individual needs.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. If a tooth is lost through an accident, or is too badly decayed to save with a crown, a bridge may be the treatment of choice.
Fillings (Composite Restorations)
A composite (tooth coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available.
The tooth coloured restorations (Composite resin restorations) are the most common type of restorations.
These restorations are placed to treat the carious lesions, brush abrasions, broken teeth, cracked and worn-out teeth. The Composite resin is evolved over the years and it comes in different shades and consistencies. It is also used to mask the discoloured teeth. It is the material of choice in restoring the small to moderate sized defects of the teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used by a select number of dentists. In certain cases, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist.
Inlays and Onlays: The Benefits of the Conservative Approach
- Superior Fit: Inlays and onlays offer a conservative preparation that preserves as much healthy tooth as possible. They are a great choice if you have minimal to moderate tooth decay that extends into a flossing area, offering an excellent alternative to full coverage crowns.
- Tooth Color: Boasting esthetic longevity, inlays and onlays are not likely to discolor over time as tooth-colored resin fillings often do.
- Tooth Structure Safeguard: Inlays and onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, helping to ensure functional longevity.
- Easy Tooth Cleaning: Because the fit is tailored at all edges and the preparation minimal, your tooth can be easier to clean than it would be with full coverage restorative alternatives such as a dental crown.
- Tight Space Fulfillments: If you have a cavity between your teeth, consider an inlay rather than a direct composite filling. Inlays are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria.
- Strength and Stability: Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay. The superior fit and durable material make inlays and onlays a stable choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.
- Weak Tooth Protector: An onlay can protect the weak areas of the tooth. The procedure does not require the complete reshaping of the tooth.
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