Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, with built-in strength and durability. Yet even with persistent oral care at home and general dentistry at your dentist, there are issues that can occur. When the tooth structure becomes weakened from decay, infection or trauma, dental crowns can restore the strength and beauty of your teeth. Thousand Oaks Dental offers beautiful crowns plus dental inlays and onlays that can protect your teeth and help you keep your complete, dazzling smile.
Restore Cracked or Damaged Teeth
Once a tooth has a crack through the enamel or a chip in the surface, the structure is weakened. It can also invite decay and infection into the interior of the tooth. Dental crowns are one option to protect cracked or damaged teeth. A perfect impression is made of the tooth and a dental crown is created to cover the exterior of the tooth. Although there are many materials that are used for crowns, including precious metals like gold, porcelain crowns can match your natural teeth and create a beautiful white tooth while protecting the damaged tooth underneath.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
In some cases, an entire dental crown is not needed, just increased strength to the outer surface. Dental inlays and onlays add a bonding material over cracks or chips to protect the tooth and add durability to the tooth structure. Inlays and onlays can be matched to your tooth color, making them blend in with your teeth for a white smile. In some cases, onlays or inlays can be used for cosmetic reasons to covered small imperfections for a beautiful smile.
When you have a damaged, cracked or severely infected tooth, dental crowns, inlays and onlays can help restore your tooth and often save it from extraction. Contact Thousand Oaks Dental in San Antonio today to explore the options to protect your beautiful smile.