In the incidence of a tooth that is broken or damaged, the process of an onlay could be an option for your tooth. The onlay will encompass a broken or decayed tooth to provide protection and increased strength. The onlay process will require less tooth removal than a crown.
In the incidence of a broken tooth, inlays and onlays are a form of indirect restoration. An inlay will incorporate the pits and fissures of a tooth, mainly encompassing the chewing surface between the cusps, whereas, an onlay will involve one or more cusps being covered. Inlays and onlays are used in molars or premolars, when the tooth has experienced too much damage to support a basic filling, but not so much damage that a crown is necessary. If all cusps and the entire surface of the tooth is covered this is then known as a crown.
Aesthetically the metal free implant or Zirconia crowns have a natural translucency of natural teeth, so the grey or off coloured hue that may appear with some titanium implants at the gum line is not concern for the natural look our patients like to attain.
The mineral Zirconium Dioxide (ZrO2) or sometimes known as zirconia is a metal-free, ultra biocompatible and non-corrosive ceramic used for crowns. Zirconia is a widely used ceramic oxide that is non-reactive, and hypoallergenic, so inflammation is not common. Zirconia crowns are extremely hard and do not fracture easily unlike their predecessors, adding to the lifespan of your restoration.