Inlays, Crowns & VenEers
Repair broken, cracked, worn or unsightly teeth with our Inlays, Crowns & Dental Veneers
Inlays, Crowns & Dental Veneers are an inexpensive way of cosmetically repairing broken, cracked, worn or unsightly teeth. Coulsdson Dental Clinic uses both traditional materials and the more advanced porcelain equivalents to create a great looking smile.
After an initial consultation with you we will discuss the most appropriate form of treatment.
Inlays & Onlays
An Inlay or Onlay is a metal or porcelain cover (either part or full) bonded into place to protect the tooth from chewing.
Inlays and Onlays are custom made by skilled lab technicians locally to fit into or over the tooth. They are used when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a directly placed filling.
This is carried out over two appointments, the first of which is to prepare the tooth, take impressions and place a temporary inlay. At the second appointment the permanent Inlay or Onlay is bonded to the tooth.
More information about Inlays & Onlays is available on Wikipedia.
A Crown is a cap, cover or restoration to replace the missing portion of a tooth.
There are many indications for crowning a tooth. These can be due to aesthetic considerations but most are due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. If a tooth is broken down or heavily filled, the crown is placed to protect the tooth from the high biting forces we exert on our teeth whilst eating.
Not all crowns are the same. We provide metal crowns (gold or other metals), porcelain bonded to metal crowns at our Coulsdon practice, as well as the latest metal free porcelain alternatives (Emax or Zirconia) that give truly lifelike results.
The latest advances in porcelain allows light to transmit through the crown, thereby creating a restoration that is undetectable from the other natural teeth in your smile. With the absence of any metal core on the inside of the crown, there will be no more telltale grey lines that are usually seen with the older metal ceramic crowns.
More information about Crowns is available on Wikipedia.
A Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain used to cover the front of a tooth.
Dental Veneers are considered for several reasons such as when the enamel has become worn, chipped or discoloured or the teeth have become misaligned.
Dental Veneers are extremely thin but once bonded to the tooth are unbelievably strong. They are able to block out undesirable colours, such as from a very dark underlying tooth and allow the beauty of the veneers to shine through. We frequently use Dental Veneers to create a smile that is natural and beautiful.
In most cases we carry out a diagnostic wax up where you can trial your dental veneers prior to going ahead with the definitive treatment.
More information about Veneers is available on Wikipedia.