All-Ceramic Restorations from Your Cosmetic Dentist in Corpus Christi
When you have a tooth that needs to be rebuilt, or when there are teeth missing, Dr. Thompson needs to consider both the condition of your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Of course, you want a smile that is strong and functional, but you also want your teeth to look natural. That’s why your cosmetic dentist in Corpus Christi uses all-ceramic restorations. Advancements in dental technology and materials have made these restorations stronger and more attractive and comfortable than ever. If you have teeth in need of repair, consider all-ceramic restorations for your smile.
All-Ceramic Crowns in Corpus Christi
A dental crown restores the function and appearance of a tooth that is badly damaged because of traumatic injury or serious decay. A crown is usually the final step when you have a root canal or a single dental implant, too.
For a completely seamless result, your dentist in Corpus Christi typically suggests an all-ceramic restoration. In the past, dentists used an amalgam of metals including gold and silver, or ceramic fused to metal. The amalgam restorations were very noticeable, but even those fused to metal eventually showed signs of darkening along the gum line. With an all-ceramic restoration, Dr. Thompson can offer you the same strength and durability in a crown that looks no different from you other teeth.
To place an all-ceramic crown, a small amount of enamel is removed from your tooth. This step is done to ensure the new crown fits comfortably between adjacent teeth and is not so high that interferes with opposing teeth when you bite down. You’ll wear a temporary acrylic crown while our cosmetic dental lab crafts your all-ceramic restoration.
To replace missing teeth, an all-ceramic bridge is a cost-effective and aesthetically valuable option. The full name of this tooth replacement is actually crown and bridge. Two all-ceramic crowns are mounted on the healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile. These, in turn, support a bridge of all-ceramic false teeth that take the place of missing ones. An all-ceramic crown and bridge prosthetic is fabricated and placed as a single unit.
All-Ceramic Inlays and Onlays
If you have a tooth with a cavity that cannot be adequately repaired with a tooth-colored filling but is not bad enough to require a crown, then an inlay or onlay could be the ideal solution. These restorations are custom produced in the lab for Dr. Thompson to use in the office. An inlay is formed to fit within the cusps of your teeth while an onlay covers cusps and may extend beyond the biting edge.