Crowns/ Onlays

Dental crowns and onlays

Restore Your Teeth

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Dental Crowns and Onlays restore a tooth to its natural shape and appearance or to strengthen a tooth. Dental crowns are often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by decay. They are cemented onto an existing tooth, which fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. Essentially, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Ceramic materials similar to tooth enamel are custom shaped and bonded to the tooth to make it look like new. Long lasting gold is an option for less visible molars.

Dental crowns are often the preferred choice to silver amalgam fillings. Crowns are created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of the bite and jaw movements. The crown is then sculpted to perfection, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal