Crowns, inlays and onlays
 
When a tooth is severely damaged and requires a large filling, the dentist may offer an inlay or onlay to restore the tooth.  The preparation for an inlay or onlay requires less trimming of the tooth than a crown, so this is usually the preferred option to reduce possible side effects of the treatment. An inlay / onlay is a solid ceramic restoration that is glued to your tooth, giving it strength and a natural appearance.  Inlays and onlays are increasing in popularity amongst dentists and restorative specialists due to the recent improvement in adhesive dentistry techniques.
 
However, the dentist will assess each case carefully as sometimes an inlay / onlay is not the best option available. The dentist may then offer you a crown, commonly called caps. There are various crowns available to choose from. The function of a crown is to restore anatomy, function and aesthetics (in most cases) and  the majority are made of porcelain supported on a hidden precious metal base, however all-porcelain crowns are now available. A crown is also used on single implants. To achieve a perfect crown, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression, be it digital or conventional. Creating the perfect crown or inlay requires the skills of a ceramist (technician) and you may be asked to visit the laboratory so that he or she could choose the perfect colour match for your new tooth.
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