Dental Crowns Correct Raleigh Smiles
There are very few of us who have made it to adulthood without a cavity. As a general dentist in Raleigh, decay is one of the most common forms of dental disease Dr. Philip Lisk sees. When a cavity compromises your tooth, it must be removed and this leaves a hole in the enamel of the tooth which is filled with either a metal or tooth-colored resin. Serious cavities may require removal of large sections of the tooth enamel leaving it structurally unsound and prone to breaking. When this occurs, a crown, inlay, or onlay may be prescribed.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a restoration that is designed to look like your teeth and fits snugly over the remaining structure. A crown provides strength to a tooth that is weakened due to dental disease. By reinforcing the tooth with a dental crown, we prevent cracking, breaking, and subsequently infection that could lead to more invasive and costly treatments.
Dr. Lisk always keeps the aesthetics of your smile in mind when providing a restoration. When a back tooth requires a crown, the doctor may recommend a porcelain-fused metal crown that provides extra durability for chewing surfaces. Front teeth may receive all-porcelain crowns to keep the most visible teeth all-white.
What are Dental Inlays & Onlays?
If a large area of decay is removed, but the tooth does not require a crown, Dr. Lisk may recommend an inlay or onlay. Designed to cover broad areas of missing enamel, an inlay or onlay will be designed to fit with the grooves and corners of your tooth so that it looks and feels natural. Dr. Lisk uses tooth-colored restorations to keep your smile all-white. In addition, tooth-colored restorations are made of a composite resin that is more durable than the amalgam inlays and onlays of the past.
Do you have old metal crowns, inlays, and onlays, and are concerned about the dark spots they have left in your smile? Dr. Lisk can remove the worn out, silver restorations and replace them with attractive tooth-colored options. Patients in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Knightdale, and Wake Forest will find us conveniently located for consultations and second opinion visits. Contact us for your appointment today.