Extensive damage to a tooth may require replacing the missing tooth structure with a porcelain restoration. These natural looking, tooth-colored restorations are indicated for teeth that cannot support a dental filling due to the size of the repair. Our dentists practice metal-free dentistry for all of our cosmetic dental procedures, including crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays.
About Crowns, Bridges, Inlays and Onlays
Your Tennessee Family Dental dentist will choose which porcelain restoration is best for you. There are multiple factors involved when making that decision, such as size of the restoration, location in the mouth, and biting forces applied to the area. The following porcelain restorations may be used to repair your tooth if a dental filling is not an option.
Crowns are permanent restorations that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or implant. The typical lifespan of a crown can be 10-15 years, depending upon several factors. Crowns usually require two visits, but we offer same-day dental crowns at our Green Hills and Lebanon locations.
A bridge is commonly used to cover a space or gap if you’re missing one or more teeth. A bridge is cemented into place onto natural teeth or implants surrounding the space. One of the major disadvantages of a bridge is that it requires the use of adjacent teeth. For this reason, dental implants are the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth.
Dental inlays are porcelain restorations that fill the space in between the cusps of the teeth. These restorations are indicated when additional support is needed that a dental filling cannot provide. Compared to a crown, less tooth structure is removed, making dental inlays a more conservative restoration.
Similar to dental inlays, dental onlays cover one or more cusps of the entire biting surface of the tooth. Because of their extensive tooth coverage, dental onlays are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns” and are the last option before a crown. Similar to crowns and bridges, both inlays and onlays are permanently cemented into place inside of the tooth.
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