Dental crowns are a secure way to fill gaps and help restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth. A crown can also help you bite and chew better, which can positively impact other systems in your body, such as a your digestive system.
Martinez Family Dental offers a variety of handcrafted crown styles. We will will help you determine what crown is best for you based on your requirements.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cover or “cap” that is put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
You may need a crown if you:
- have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- need to cover a dental implant
- have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
- have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
- want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
What are inlays/overlays?
Inlays/onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay (which is similar to a filling) is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An overlay is a more substantial reconstruction (similar to the inlay), but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays/overlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
How are inlays/overlays applied?
The filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or overlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made. Then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth. The temporary sealant is later removed. The inlay/overlay is then tested to make sure it fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay/overlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished for a smooth finish.