Crowns and Onlays

Protect Your Damaged Teeth with Crowns and Onlays.

Dental Crowns

A crown or “cap” covers the entire tooth and they restore a tooth’s shape, function, aesthetics and strength. They are suggested when teeth are broken, worn, damaged by decay, fillings are large and cover multiple surfaces or they have been root canal treated. Full crowns are especially useful when a tooth no longer has the strength to protect itself from fracture or the filling is at risk of damage as it is very large and more prone to break.

At our clinic crowns are fabricated in a laboratory. The lab custom makes a crown for your tooth. They can be fabricated from porcelain, gold, semi-precious metals or a combination of both.

Onlays and 3/4 crowns

When a tooth requires a filling because of deep decay it is best to treat it with a long term solution to begin with to ensure that it hopefully won’t have to be touched again in the future. Each time a tooth is retreated there is a higher risk it may have sensitivity or infection causing it to need a root canal or extraction. Other reasons to place an onlay or 3/4 crown are it has fractured, chipped or cracked. Once there is a large amount of filling and less natural tooth structure and the risk of either the filling or tooth fracturing is high, it will be mentioned that a crown, 3/4 crown or onlay will be your best option to protect the tooth and its function. When a 3/4 crown or onlay are options, we are able to retain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Similar to crowns, onlays can be fabricated from the same material options. Proper oral hygiene and protection with a retainer or night guard are essential to keep the teeth healthy and happy.

If you are interested in any of these options please contact us.