Several types of restorations can be used to restore proper chewing function and create a better-looking smile. Fixed prosthodontics include:
Dental onlays and inlays
An onlay or inlay is a resin or ceramic restoration used to repair a fractured, cracked or extensively decayed tooth.
They’re a popular choice for replacing amalgam fillings. This conservative treatment preserves the healthy tooth structure and provides an attractive solution. As a result, it’s often a better choice than a crown.
Dental crowns (fixed prosthodontics)
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that are damaged and very fragile. A crown is like a small hat that covers the top of the tooth. It can be made from a variety of materials (zirconia, ceramic or other materials that match the colour of adjacent teeth). Crowns can effectively restore the natural shape, size, function and look of an affected tooth.
Permanent bridges are used to permanently replace one or several missing teeth. To install a permanent bridge, the teeth surrounding the gap need to be shaved down substantially. For this reason, this solution isn’t used very often, as implants are usually a better choice. However, if implants are not an option due to health reasons, a bridge may be the only permanent solution available.