Metal free porcelain is a strong material that protects the tooth and gives it strength.
Onlays & Inlays
An onlay and inlay, also referred to as a partial crown, is a custom filling made of porcelain and is permanently cemented onto the tooth. Onlays and inlays are an alternative to crowns and a conservative option to restoring teeth affected by decay, trauma or with large defective fillings back to a more natural biting surface. These restorations can last over 10 years, blend into the natural tooth, and allows for more of the tooth structure to remain.
Also known as caps, are used to improve strength and restore the shape, size and color to a tooth. To avoid the possibility of metal toxicity and metal related health complications, we use only porcelain and metal free crowns.
Crowns are used when a tooth becomes weak or decayed due to a large filling; to support/replace a broken crown; as part of a dental bridge; to restore implants; and after a root canal to restore the appearance of the tooth.
Prepare the tooth (drilling) - This consists of shaping and removing tooth structure. Tooth reduction is dependent on the material selected.
Make impressions - Impression material is usually soft and easily conforms to the size of your mouth. This ensures the accuracy of the bite registration along with the finalized crown.
Select a shade - Choose a the shade that is closest to your teeth where the crown will be placed.
Wear a fabricated (temporary) restoration - Provisional restorations are held in place for a minimum of 2 weeks with temporary cement while the crown is being created in a dental lab.
Cement the finished crown into position - Enjoy your "new" look!
Veneers, also known as shells, are a thin layer of semi-transparent material permanently bonded to the front of the tooth. They are almost like half a crown for the front surface the tooth.
Veneers restore damage and improve appearance by correcting worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration, and chips or cracks. This helps protect the surface of further damage and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments.