The Three Types of Dental Crowns

If you need a crown, your tooth has sustained damage that can’t be repaired with a filling. You might have a deep cavity, crack, or chip. Your tooth could be worn down, which will, over time, negatively alter your bite. Or, you may need a crown following a root canal. Depending upon the amount of tooth structure that needs restoration, Dr. Villani may recommend a full crown or a ¾ crown, which we call inlays or onlays.

  • A full crown covers the entire portion of a tooth that extends out of the jaw.
  • An inlay fits between the cusps (bumps) on top of a tooth.
  • An onlay fits over a cusp and down the side of a tooth.

A proponent of conservative dental care, Dr. Villani will recommend the type of crown that will preserve the optimal amount of healthy tooth structure, while providing a dependable restoration for your tooth. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are made in a dental lab. Most often, the restorations are made from tooth-colored ceramic or precious metal. If you need a crown, expect two visits with Dr. Villani. The first will involve preparing your tooth and taking an impression for the lab. You’ll wear a temporary until your second visit, when the doctor will secure the permanent restoration.

Have questions? Call Brighton Family Dental Group at 617-562-5210 today, and reserve your checkup or consultation. We look forward to making you smile!

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