Crowns, Inlays and Onlays at The Elms Dental Practice In Reading
Restoring damaged teeth back to health
How Are Damaged Teeth Restored At The Elms Dental Practice?
Wherever we can avoid extractions, we will. Effective restorative treatments like crowns, inlays and onlays enable us to avoid removing a damaged or decaying tooth, effectively strengthening it and protecting the remaining natural tooth.
We use this kind of treatment when a filling is not suitable to fill a larger cavity or make repairs. When you have a consultation with us, your dentist will consider aesthetics, durability and strength when offering you the most appropriate restoration treatment.
How Do Dental Crowns Restore A Tooth?
Often called caps, dental crowns are an effective treatment commonly used in general dentistry. You may require a crown because of a large cavity, because you have cracked your tooth beyond repair in an accident, or to finish off a root canal treatment or implant. They work to replace and protect the damaged tooth that sits above the gum line, supported by the root which remains in the jaw bone. This keeps your smile looking complete, and helps ensure your bite remains strong and functional.
How Does Elms Dental Practice Apply Crowns, Onlays And Inlays?
When you come to us for crowns, onlays or inlays, we shape the natural tooth to ensure that the restoration we place will fit properly. With crowns, once this preparation is done, we may place a temporary version whilst your permanent crown is being made in a laboratory. During your next appointment we will then fit your bespoke crown with strong dental adhesive. We make our crowns with incredible precision so that they look and feel as natural as possible after fitting.
The process is similar for inlays, onlays and crowns and usually takes a couple of appointments to complete.
If you have a gag reflex or you struggle with impressions we have a dedicated scanner which can take a record of your mouth as an alternative to dental impressions.
What Do Inlays And Onlays Do?
We will recommend an inlay if the biting part of your tooth needs replacement. With an onlay, the overall structure of the tooth tends to be in good condition, but the gap is too big for a filling.
We can offer a wide variety of materials for your restoration including precious metals like gold, or tooth coloured options like porcelain or ceramic, which can sometimes be combined with metal for optimum long-term durability.
In all cases we use extremely strong dental adhesive to bond the inlays, onlays or crowns to ensure a completely natural-looking and long-term result.
We will discuss the best material for your restoration when you come in to us and only recommend the most suitable types for your individual needs.
Whatever treatment you need, our professional team here at Elms Dental Practice is ready to help. Please get in touch with us on 0118 942 7951 to make a consultation appointment today.