Repair Damaged Teeth with Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
If you have a structurally damaged tooth or a cavity that is too large for a filling, we offer several restorations to meet your needs. Dental crowns, inlays, and onlays are custom-made from advanced material. Once in place, they can restore your dental function and improve the look of your smile.
What Are Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays?
Dental crowns are one of the most common and versatile types of dental restorations. These tooth-shaped caps will completely cover your damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are sometimes called “partial crowns.” These restorations will fit over the chewing surfaces of your molars, and they can be a more conservative option if your tooth is not damaged enough for a full dental crown.
We offer crowns, inlays, and onlays made from several different materials. These include:
At your consultation, Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will help you select the material that suits your goals and budget. They can also supply same-day restorations in many cases. If you qualify for this treatment, they will take digital impressions of your teeth using our advanced CEREC® technology. These images will feed into our in-office machine, which works much like a 3-D printer. The machine will fabricate your crown, inlay, or onlay during the same visit.
The Benefits of These Custom-Made Restorations
Full and partial crowns can perform a wide array of functions. They can cover up large cavities, strengthen weakened teeth, hold cracked teeth together, and restore your ability to eat and speak properly. In some cases, they can also enhance teeth with severe cosmetic flaws. With our range of restorative materials, we can provide a restoration that is a near-perfect match to your smile. Both porcelain and zirconia are available in many different shades. Additionally, zirconia has a slight translucence that allows it to reflect light much like dental enamel.
Do You Need a Crown, Inlay, or Onlay?
If you struggle with any of the following dental concerns, you may benefit from a crown, inlay or onlay:
- Large cavity
- Cracked tooth
- Weakened tooth
- Misshapen or worn tooth
- A tooth with severe intrinsic stains that are unresponsive to whitening treatment
Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will provide a complete consultation before beginning treatment. They will always recommend the most conservative option to preserve as much of your tooth as possible.