When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there are three indirect porcelain dental works which are often requested — the veneers, crowns, and inlays and onlays. Below are the indications for the use of each dental work as well as ways to take care of these dental works:
What they are. Also called laminates, veneers are thin shells made of porcelain which are bonded to the front portions of your teeth. Unlike crowns, they only cover the front surfaces of your teeth and not the entire structure.
How should they be used. Veneers are used to conceal imperfections which are very much visible from the front surface of the tooth. However, veneers cannot be used on teeth which have already become worn out and have biting surfaces that aren’t structurally sound anymore. Veneers are good for hiding discolorations as well as conspicuous dental fillings but they cannot be used on worn out teeth.
What they are. Crowns are also known as caps and they are placed over the entire dental structure of the tooth to keep the same from breaking or crumbling from all of the strain that develops whenever you chew, bite or clench your teeth. Unlike veneers,crowns cover all the surfaces of the tooth and not just one surface.
How should they be used. Crowns are used to keep the structure of a tooth intact. For this reason, they are used on teeth which have cracks develop on the biting surface and would then develop all the way to the root of the tooth, causing the tooth to split. Once the tooth splits, there is no other way to repair the tooth and the same would require extraction. At the same time, teeth which have received a number of cavities would also benefit from porcelain crowns, which would then protect the already fragile tooth from caving in. Worn-out teeth due to teeth grinding can also benefit from crowns.
Inlays and Onlays
What they are. These are dental works which are bonded to any of the cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth.
How should they be used. Inlays and onlays are used to replace worn-out biting surfaces of teeth. Because they are smaller compared to crowns, they are less expensive and can be used as an alternative to crowns especially if the structure of the tooth to be treated is still intact and the only problem is the biting surface.
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