Crowns, Bridges & Onlays
Preserving a tooth with a dental crown
Dental crowns are commonly used when a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that a regular filling would not suffice. They are also usually used to complete a root canal procedure or as the final part of a dental implant placement. In addition, we also offer inlays and onlays which are made from a similar material.
Types of dental crowns
At 186 Park Dental Practice, we use Emax, an all ceramic dental crown, or, alternatively all porcelain crowns. These offer the best combination available for strength and aesthetic appeal, unlike some dental crowns which use metal for strengthening but which may be visible in some instances.
Emax porcelain and porcelain bonded crowns are considered to be some of the best available and are less prone to chipping or cracking than many other types. They can be produced to match the colour of your natural teeth and provide you with a tooth repair that is not just strong but aesthetically pleasing too.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Made from either porcelain or composite, inlays or onlays are an excellent alternative to a dental filling where the cavity is very large. Whilst an amalgam filling may suffice, these can prove to be unsightly, being dark in colour. White dental fillings are available, but these are considered to lack the full strength that is sometimes needed, on the rear teeth especially.
Both inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory following impressions taken here at the practice. Inlays are designed to fit inside a dental cavity, whilst onlays are more usually used to replace the top biting surface of the tooth where it has had to be removed, or has broken away.
Dental crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge and this is an effective method of replacing one, or a few, missing teeth in a secure manner. The bridge, consisting of artificial replacement teeth, is attached to the adjacent natural teeth either side of the gap. This is achieved by preparing the adjacent teeth and fitting crowns to act as firm anchor points for the bridge. For more advice or to arrange a consultation at our 186 Park Road Practice in Crouch End, please call us today on 020 8340 7660