At Thomas R. Lambert DMD, we offer dental crowns, dental bridges, inlays, onlays, and more to help restore your teeth and your smile to its healthy, beautiful state.
For some people, damaged or decayed teeth are a serious problem. They cause discomfort and even interfere with eating and talking. If left untreated, they can lead to great pain, infection and deterioration of the healthy, nearby teeth.
In the past, dentists used metal fillings to fill cavities in your teeth. Metal fillings can actually do more damage to your teeth. The more you chew down on a filling, the more it puts wedging pressure on the healthy parts of that tooth, potentially causing deep fractures that can result in loss of tooth when it splits in half. Dental crowns or caps fully cover the existing tooth. They are made to order for your mouth, ensuring not only a perfect fit and bite but one that matches the natural color of your teeth. And the crown returns your tooth to its original color, feel, and strength. Crowns are perfect to cover and strengthen large fillings. Once any decay is cleaned out, the crown completely covers the affected area to halt any further decay or damage.
We offer a variety of materials so you have a full range of affordable restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry options. Full porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, and zirconia crowns each have their specific benefits. And because dental crowns cover the tooth, they offer increased strength and protection for the whole tooth. Instead of just repairing one small part, a dental crown repairs and protects the whole thing.
Fillings have their place in modern dentistry, but more often than not, technology has provided a better alternative. If the damage to your tooth is small enough that a dental crown isn’t required but too large for a filling, inlays and onlays can provide the quick, accurate care you need. Inlays and onlays are used when there is significant damage to only a part of the tooth.
While a dental crown requires the entire tooth to be trimmed, an inlay or onlay allows you to keep the healthy portion of your tooth while restoring the damage that is too large for a filling. Inlays are used to repair the biting surface of the tooth by filling in any cracks or deeper crevices. Onlays can repair the biting surface as well but can be used on the cusps and sides of a tooth. Both inlays and onlays are made from ultra-thin but strong porcelain color-matched to your existing teeth.
No one wants to smile and see a hole where a tooth should be. Missing teeth is more than a cosmetic issue, though. Food can get stuck along the gumline of the teeth next to the gap, leading to more decay and gum disease. Missing teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift into the empty space, which can lead to misalignment and pain in your jaw. Dental Bridges are similar to dental crowns, but instead of covering over an existing tooth, they fill in the gap left behind by a missing tooth. A replacement tooth is crafted then placed in the space left by the missing tooth. It is secured by fixed caps on either side adjacent teeth. By completely filling in the space left by the missing tooth, a dental bridge makes your smile look natural while protecting the rest of your teeth. Unlike dental implants, dental bridges are a nonsurgical tooth replacement option.
Since every person is unique, every person has different dental needs. To discuss which dental treatment is best for you, please contact our office at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation. Between dental crowns, dental bridges, inlays, and onlays, we have the solution.