We recently talked about our dental crowns, and how we create and place them in only one visit. But what if you have an issue too severe for fillings, but not serious enough for a complete crown? In these situations, your Irving, TX, dentist can create and place partial crowns like inlays and onlays.
When Your Smile Needs One
As we touched on in the opening paragraph, these are for issues too severe for a dental filling, but not severe enough that you need a complete denture. These could include more advanced cases of tooth decay, structure worn down by teeth grinding, or injuries to the teeth. When you have aches and pains in your teeth, or if you notice changes to the physical appearance of them due to injury or teeth grinding, then contact our team for an examination. We will carefully look at your smile and make a diagnosis with precision using digital imaging technology. We can then decide if you need partial dental crowns to repair your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
There are two different types. The inlay is one that fits in between the cusps on top of your teeth. The onlay fits over the cusps. Each is made from materials like ceramic, which can endure daily bite forces and pressure with ease. Ceramic is also translucent like natural tooth enamel, so we can color match it to blend with your tooth and the rest of your smile. We want you to smile with confidence once we place your partial crowns.
Creation and Placement
Each inlay and onlay we craft are custom-made for your smile to ensure a natural appearance. To get started, we will assess the cause and extent of your oral health concerns and then gently numb the tooth. We then remove structure from the tooth and take digital images of the prepared tooth. In a dental lab, we will use these images and impressions to design and craft the restorations. We then check the fit and if necessary, make final adjustments before we attach them with a powerful bonding agent. Once in place, they can stay there for years to protect your smile.
If you have any questions about our partial crowns, or if you have damage or decay that could benefit from inlays and onlays, then contact our team today to learn more. With a personalized approach to restorative care, we can offer durable and lifelike results for your smile, which can last for years to come!
Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Restoring Smiles
We’re ready to return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. To find out how we restore teeth with custom treatment, then please reach out to Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.