Dental crowns

Alternatives for crowns

Fillings: this is one of the most common types of treatment carried out in a dental practice. Traditional fillings were amalgam based, but this is now moving over to the more friendly substance of white composites. The filling will fill up the cavity, and will stop bacteria from entering the tooth.

Inlays and Onlays: this type of restoration bridges the gap between fillings and dental crowns. If a patient's tooth has extensive damage that a filling would not be suitable for, then an inlay can be used to restore the tooth. Again if the damage is too extensive for an inlay, but not quite at the point of needing a crown, an Onlay can be used.

Dental implant: when you have extensive damage to a tooth that is too great even for a crown to fix, you may need to have an extraction and to consider tooth replacement options.

Crowns are also used in combination with dental bridges (to secure them in place) and can be placed on top of dental implants for a secure tooth replacement option.

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