Porcelain Dental Crowns and Onlays

Dental crowns are often necessary in cases where a tooth is damaged or compromised. Some types of dental crowns available are made out of porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal, and all-ceramic. Our office offers porcelain dental crowns because they provide excellent function, durability, and aesthetics. To learn more about porcelain dental crowns in East Brunswick, NJ, and make your appointment with Dr. Ramla Ahmed, call Clarity Dental at 732-254-6669. 

Sometimes your teeth may need a dental crown (or cap) due to cavity or injury. A root canal might be needed to salvage the nerve in a tooth that’s compromised. If that’s the case, it’s important to not only rebuild the tooth but also cover it with a material that makes it look like a natural tooth. Not only are capped teeth hard to distinguish from their natural counterparts, but they are also extremely secure and comfortable.

Getting a dental crown takes about two visits and four weeks to complete. At the first visit, your teeth are gently prepared. Next, the doctor sends your case to a specialized lab to create a difficult-to-make dental masterpiece. At the second appointment, after a week of work in the lab crafting your new crown, you’ll return to have it bonded in place. The appointment, along with minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish should take no more than an hour.

Onlays fit over your tooth’s biting surface and are made of a solid piece of porcelain, composite, resin, or gold. At Clarity Dental, we prefer to use the porcelain option due to its durability. This type of restoration is used to fix a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury. Onlays go over the cusp (or cusps) of your tooth.

Dental onlays can be thought of as a middle ground between filling a cavity and removing part of your tooth to cap it with a crown. Onlays are similar to crowns but replace less of the healthy tooth, making them a less extreme option.