An onlay incorporates a replacement for a tooth cusp by covering the area where the missing cusp would be.
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.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. The porcelain that replaces the missing tooth is suspended by a crown on each side. These false teeth are called pontics.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. 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 or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for porcelain restorations:
What does getting a porcelain restoration involve?
Previously, crown procedures usually required two appointments. This is no longer the case. Dr Barron is now able to fabricate crowns with the technologically advanced CEREC CAD. This technology allows us to fabricate your crown while you wait. Appointments generally are done within 1-2.5 hours for a single restoration. This includes: onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges and implant crowns.
Dr. Barron will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the tooth to his exact specifications. The tooth is then scanned with the CEREC. The restoration is then designed chairside while you wait. Additional steps may be required depending on the type of restoration. The restoration is then cemented and your bite adjusted until idea. Occasionally a second bite adjust appointment may be needed.