Onlays and Crowns
However, sometimes the damage is too great for a filling to take hold. That is when a dental onlay or dental crown would be the preferred method of treatment. A tooth onlay or inlay or a dental crown cost different amounts, but all serve similar purposes – to rebuild broken teeth and repair your smile.
There are key differences, however. We will explain these differences so you can have a good idea of which option is right for you.
Dental Inlay Procedures
Dental inlays are used to repair teeth with large decayed fillings or that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Composite or silver inlays are an excellent alternative to conventional filling materials. The preparation for inlays is also more conservative than that for crowns since less of a tooth’s structure is removed.
Two visits are usually necessary to fit inlays. A dental X-ray will be taken during your first appointment. A temporary inlay or onlay will also be applied to your tooth to prevent infection. At the second appointment, your permanent inlay will be fitted. Your dentist will bond the inlay to your teeth and polish it if you’re satisfied with the way your teeth look and your bite is fine.
Composite resin and porcelain are used to create our inlays. These restorations blend so well with your natural teeth that they are virtually invisible.
What Is The Difference Between Inlays and Onlays?
The cost of an onlay is higher than that of a filling or inlay, but they are ideal for large cavities that can’t be repaired by fillings or inlays. An onlay covers the cusp of the tooth, while an inlay does not. In either case, the cavity is removed, impressions are taken, and a porcelain restoration is then made and applied to your teeth at our Blackburn clinic.
We also offer cosmetic onlays. It is popular for people to have a custom gold onlay created for their tooth – even if there is nothing wrong with it. If you would like a flashy gold onlay, speak to our dentists about the options available.
What Is a Dental Crown?
In situations where too much of the original tooth is missing, such as after root canal therapy, dental crowns may be necessary to cover the tooth. As well as protecting weak teeth from breaking, they are used to cover stained, badly shaped, or misshaped teeth as well as to hold a bridge or denture in place.
An outer layer of the tooth’s surface is typically removed by the dentist. It is this removed outer layer that will determine the crown’s thickness.
A dental technician prepares the crown after taking a mould of the tooth from the dentist. Many times, it is possible to match the colour of the other teeth in order to blend in.
Until a permanent crown is made, you might be given a temporary crown. The dentist adheres or cements the permanent crown into place when the crown is ready.
Onlays vs Crown
Onlays generally cost less than dental crowns cost at our Blackburn clinic and can last just as long as crowns with proper care, though a dental crown may be recommended if the tooth has been damaged beyond reparation. The inlays are adjustable, repairable, and do not require as much preparation as a crown, but they are less strong and durable.
Dental crown procedures are most likely needed if you have badly damaged teeth. If you have damage to your back tooth, then inlays or onlays are suggested options for restoring it. The professional dentists at Focus Dental will advise you on the best course of action for your budget. Crowns and onlays/inlays are both options that can restore your smile and we will be transparent about the best course of action for your budget.
If you experience any dental crown problems like sensitivity, discomfort or it cracks, breaks or falls off completely, please visit our Blackburn clinic as soon as possible to have this repaired.
Avoiding fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns can be achieved through routine dental inspections and cleanings combined with robust oral health (including a healthy diet low in sugar and starches that can cause bacteria and tooth decay).
We recommend that you visit our Blackburn clinic every six months for a routine inspection and if you require fillings, inlays, onlays or crowns our expert team can provide the right advice and professional treatment.
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