Modern dental technology and materials can make it look as though your mouth has never been touched by a cavity. There are many options available to you to restore your back teeth more ideally. Why not ask Dr. Phelan which options are best for you?
The main options for restoring your back teeth are: composite resin restorations, porcelain inlays or onlays, gold inlays or onlays, and porcelain or gold full coverage crowns.
Composite resin restorations are an excellent option for smaller-sized cavities and have the advantage of being tooth-coloured, safe, and can be placed in a single appointment.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are an excellent option for medium-sized cavities and have the advantage of being tooth coloured and very natural looking. These restorations are custom-made in the dental laboratory, which means the ceramist can create very accurate contours and tooth form that mimic nature.
Gold inlays and onlays are another excellent option to restore medium to large-sized cavities. Although not tooth-coloured, these restorations are considered some of the finest in dentistry with the best longevity and a very long-term track record of success.
Porcelain and gold full coverage crowns are an excellent choice for large-sized cavities and are especially well suited for teeth that have had root canal therapy. These crowns can be made out of dental porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold for additional strength. The porcelain bonded to gold is an excellent combination of the strength and biocompatibility of gold and the beauty of the porcelain restoration. The gold crown is recommended when maximum strength is required for the crown and it should be noted that the gold used for dental restorations is a gold alloy that has been specially formulated for maximum strength, durability and biocompatibility.
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