Crowns and onlays repair broken or damaged teeth while adding strength and an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Arielle Castine, DDS, of Castine Family Dentistry in Suttons Bay, Michigan, has the expertise and state-of-the-art CEREC® technology to provide onlays and crowns, often in just one dental visit, so you can get back to your daily schedule with minimal interruption. If you’re in Grand Traverse or Leelanau County, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
A dental crown covers a tooth that is too damaged or decayed to be restored with a filling. A crown fits over your existing tooth, making it stronger and improving its appearance and function. Dr. Castine may recommend a crown if you have a tooth with a large cavity and there isn’t enough natural tooth left to hold a filling.
She files down your natural tooth to remove the decay and cements a custom-fit crown over the natural tooth. The crown fits perfectly into place and matches the color and shape of your surrounding teeth.
Dr. Castine also uses crowns to attach dental bridges, protect weak teeth, or cover discolored teeth to make your smile more attractive. Additionally, if you need a dental implant, the crown becomes the top of your new, artificial tooth.
Onlays and inlays are another type of tooth restoration that repairs cavities. They’re natural-looking dental restorations that bond to the chewing surface of your tooth and last for years. Like a crown, the onlay or inlay matches your tooth in color and form, so it blends seamlessly with the nearby teeth.
When the chewing surface of your tooth has decay, it may be too weak to support a traditional filling, but you may not need a crown that covers your entire tooth. In this case, Dr. Castine fits your tooth with a porcelain, resin, or ceramic onlay to add strength to the damaged tooth. An inlay is smaller than an onlay but works on the same principle.
Traditionally, crowns and onlays take at least two visits to Dr. Castine. At your first visit, your Castine Family Dentistry professional takes X-rays to ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting the new crown or onlay. Dr. Castine makes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab so they can construct a custom-fit crown or onlay.
While the lab makes your permanent crown or onlay, Dr. Castine fits your tooth with a temporary version that you’ll have until your next appointment. Once the permanent crown or onlay is ready, Dr. Castine permanently bonds it to your tooth.
Alternatively, you can come to Castine Family Dentistry for CEREC same-day crowns and onlays/inlays. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Through computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, Dr. Castine can design and manufacture your custom crown or onlay during a single dental appointment.
CEREC crowns and onlays have many benefits, including:
To learn which type of crown or onlay is best for you, contact the experienced professionals at Castine Family Dentistry by phone or via the online booking system.