Our primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size.
A crown can both make a weakened tooth stronger and improve its appearance. If a crown is recommended, it’s probably to correct one of these conditions:
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left.
- Attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.
- Cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped, or cover a dental implant.
Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, we dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth.
These new materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold, base metal alloys and dental amalgam. That’s because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.
We think that a perfect smile should go beyond your front teeth, all the way to the back of your mouth to allow you to smile broadly or laugh out loud without worrying about your unsightly metal fillings or crowns. If you agree, then let us show you how easy it is to replace your existing metal with porcelain inlays and onlays – natural-looking alternatives that are both strong and attractive.
Inlays and onlays are excellent cosmetic alternatives to gold or other metal restorations because they provide practical solutions to your need for fillings or to fix damaged teeth, as well as an attractive visual enhancement over the old metal fillings. Ask us how inlays or onlays can perfect your smile.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a smile.