Council Bluffs Crowns, Inlays, & Onlays
When a tooth incurs significant damage, your only sign may be pain. Sometimes the actual damage is hidden between or within the tooth, like in the case of a fracture or large cavity between teeth. If you experience tooth pain or know that you have a damaged tooth, the problem won't correct itself. You need to call Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson at Broadway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment.
A structurally damaged tooth may need a crown, inlay, or onlay to restore strength and function – and to alleviate pain. Dr. Smith and Dr. Jackson use porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-metal restorations to restore damaged teeth. A crown, often called a cap, snugly covers the complete portion of a tooth that extends above the gum line. Inlays and onlays are more like large fillings, but because they are large and strong, they are not made of composite resin. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are crafted in a dental lab by ceramists. Our dental lab uses fine, light-reflecting porcelain for esthetic restorations, when possible.
If you need a crown, inlay, or onlay, plan two visits to our Council Bluffs dental office. After Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson has diagnosed your problem with intraoral photos, X-rays, and a thorough examination, he'll prepare your tooth for the restoration of choice. He will also take an impression of your prepared tooth and send it to the lab. Before you leave that initial appointment, Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson will secure a temporary restoration to your damaged tooth. When your final crown, inlay, or onlay is ready, you'll come for a second visit, at which time Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson will remove your temporary restoration and place the permanent one.
He'll make sure that your teeth come together properly and make adjustments if required. Your new crown, inlay, or onlay will be impervious to decay and will provide you with years of comfort and durability.