Restoring a badly damaged tooth can prevent you from losing your tooth due to continued breakage or decay. However, teeth like these usually cannot be repaired with something as simple as a filling. Instead, Dr. Aiello will use more comprehensive measures in the form of dental crowns to protect the tooth in the future.
A Dental Crown Gives You Full Coverage
A dental crown will completely cover your tooth. In most cases, Dr. Aiello will have the crowns made of porcelain or zirconia. These materials are highly durable as well as aesthetic. He may recommend a crown on teeth impacted by:
- Root Canal Treatments
- Large Cavities
- Moderate to Severe Fractures
- Advanced Wear
- Large, Failing Fillings
Dental Inlays and Onlays
If enough tooth structure is available, Dr. Aiello may prefer to place an inlay or onlay (“three-quarter crown”) instead of a full crown. He will carefully assess your tooth to determine which type of restoration, such as a dental implant, crown or dental bridge, is most appropriate for your long-term oral health needs.
Crowns, inlays and onlays usually take two appointments to complete. The first visit to our office will involve Dr. Aiello preparing the tooth and taking an impression. We will use this impression to have a custom restoration made, which is usually ready to cement in place within 10-14 days.
Don’t put your crown off until it is too late. Ignoring your compromised tooth enamel may mean severe fractures that limit the option to restore the tooth at all. Call Dr. Aiello today to schedule a consultation or exam.