Did you know that there is often a fine line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry? The look and function of your smile are so closely connected that many procedures overlap in their purpose.
Let’s take a look at three examples of this.
A fast method for restoring chipped front teeth is called “bonding.” Some tooth-colored putty is shaped to a fractured tooth to complete its shape. The putty is cured with a light and then the entire restoration is polished to a finish.
You could have some bonding done because you fractured off a piece of your tooth. This treatment restores your tooth’s shape but it’s also cosmetic because it isn’t always necessary for the tooth to stay healthy.
A dental implant is usually seen as an elective and unnecessary procedure. But an implant doesn’t merely fill in the gap like a dental bridge does. Instead, it stands in as a replacement for an entire tooth, root and all. The implant helps maintain tooth alignment, preserves bone in the jaw, and restores the bite.
Also considered indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are strong semi-crowns that are designed outside of the mouth. These completed pieces are then cemented into a prepared place. Inlays and onlays are commonly made from tooth-colored materials, these days.
Indirect fillings are durable solutions for restoring decayed and chipped teeth, but also gives them an element of subtlety. No one would notice that you have a large filling on a tooth!
Your dentist will help you strike a balance between beauty and function when you select cosmetic treatment. Schedule a smile evaluation today!
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6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Well, a three-quarter crown is exactly what it sounds like! Think of what a dental crown looks like – a restoration that covers your entire tooth. Now imagine that it is only needed to cover roughly three-quarters of a tooth. Let’s take a look at how three-quarter crowns are used and why they are great restorative options.
Inlays and Onlays
Three-quarter crowns, are more accurately known as inlays or onlays. They fit like puzzle pieces into or onto a tooth without completely covering it as regular crowns do. An inlay is designed to fit snugly into a prepared part of the tooth on the groovy (valley-like) chewing surface. An onlay is crafted to perfectly match part of the tooth’s shape, which includes replacing at least one of the cusps (mountains) on the chewing surface.
Why a Three-Quarter Crown?
Sometimes, decay or fracture damages a tooth too far for a moldable filling to be a sufficiently strong replacement. But what if you have enough healthy tooth structure that doesn’t justify a crown? Meet halfway with an inlay or onlay. These little three-quarter crowns are typically designed with the help of digital technology for a precise fit. The damaged portion of your tooth is removed. The partial crowns are fashioned outside of the mouth from a solid piece of tooth-colored material and then cemented into place. They can also be made out of gold.
The Benefits of Three-Quarter Crowns
These partial crowns offer a snug fit that reduces the chances of decay coming back. Because inlays and onlays are one solid piece, they improve the strength of your tooth. Three-quarter crowns are also great because they preserve a good deal of natural tooth.
Contact your dental office to learn more about the restorative options available to you such as the strong and beautiful three-quarter crowns.
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Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
Having a tooth crowned is essential to preserving your smile and retaining a tooth that has been badly damaged. The full-coverage restoration encapsulates the remaining portions of the tooth that extend upward from the gumlines, protecting it from external forces and bacteria. While deciding to have the crown placed may feel like a big decision, the type of crown you choose should also be considered.
Gold has been used in dentistry for hundreds of years. It’s durable yet flexible alloy makes it function well in areas where there are greater chewing forces at play. If an upper back tooth needs to be crowned, gold is sometimes an option, as it does not cause any aesthetic concerns in those types of areas.
Porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns are ideal for teeth that are visible when you smile. The materials can be closely matched to the color of your other teeth, allowing the restoration to mirror the appearance of natural enamel. Durable, modern materials allow porcelain to withstand the normal wear and tear expected of such a restoration.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These metal crowns are meant only for temporary purposes, as they are not custom-shaped to the gumline of the tooth, nor do they withstand to extended use. They are frequently used for children, who do not yet have fully developed permanent teeth.
Inlays or Onlays
Sometimes called “three-quarter crowns,” inlays and onlays restore a large portion of the tooth without having to cover the entire surface. They help preserve what enamel is left, minimizing the treatment process. Inlays and onlays can be porcelain or gold.
You probably never knew that you had so many different options when it came to crowning your tooth. To find out more, ask your dentist which types of crowns their practice offers.
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139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
Some cosmetic dental procedures today involve removal of metal dental fillings and replacing the filling with sculpted dental porcelain that closely resembles the natural tooth enamel, both in appearance and in strength. Furthermore, they can be made to match the natural color of the tooth, which is much more visually appealing that the older metal or amalgam fillings.
A dental inlay acts as a cosmetic replacement for a large filling, sitting in the center or chewing part of the tooth, in the grooves between the cusps. Whereas, an onlay covers not only the center grooves of the tooth, but also one or both of the cusps. Inlays and onlays are typically useful when there is a large amount of damage done to a tooth, but not enough to require the placement of a crown.
Inlays are usually smaller restorations, or filling replacements. Onlays are for much larger restorations, for which they are sometimes called partial crowns, wherein their durability adds strength to support the structure of the tooth. An inlay or onlay is a more conservative treatment than the application of a full crown and is virtually unnoticeable with today’s materials.
A crown basically replaces, or covers, the entire structure of the original tooth, down to the level of the gum. A crown can be either a restorative necessity or of cosmetic value because, not only do they restore and strengthen the structure of the original tooth but they also have a natural esthetic appearance. When tooth decay or trauma has destroyed the majority of the original tooth, a crown restoration is usually the preferred option. Your local dental professional will help you determine which level of restoration is best suited for your individual needs.
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