Inlays & Onlays
Decayed or chipped teeth can often be repaired with white composite fillings that look natural, however if the damage is too substantial, particularly on the back teeth, then an inlay or onlay would be recommended. Inlays or onlays can be made from a number of strong materials such as metals or ceramics.
An inlay is made to replace the chewing surface of a back tooth. This area is quite vulnerable to decay as the chewing surfaces of teeth contain lots of tiny fissures and grooves that can easily trap food and plaque bacteria, increasing the risk of cavities developing. An onlay will also replace the chewing surface, as well as one or more of the cusps. A tooth cusp is one of the raised points that you can see on the outer and inner edges of the tooth. Cusps help to guide the tooth movement while chewing, but can easily become chipped or cracked, or can be destroyed due to tooth decay.
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth. At Savana our team is highly skilled in restoring teeth both from an aesthetic and functional perspective using crowns, giving our patients an attractive and healthy smile.
Contact us today if you have any questions about the appearance of your teeth.
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45 Hereford Road (off Westbourne Grove), Notting Hill, London, W2 5AH