Teeth sometimes need repair, typically as a result of decay, fracture, trauma or root canal therapy. When this happens, there are many options available to you. The types of materials and restorations chosen depend upon the strength of the tooth after we remove the decayed or damaged portion. We may suggest metal free, bonded fillings, inlays, onlays, or crowns. All will be sure to help restore the compromised tooth to natural beauty, health, comfort and function. And because attention to detail is a hallmark of our work, you know the results will look great.
Our practice uses a tooth-colored composite resin material which mechanically and chemically interlocks, or bonds, with the tooth. This material is mercury and metal free. Some of the other benefits are:
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Rarely sensitive
- Stronger, reducing cracks and fractures
- Safe to use
- More resistant to new decay
Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns
When composite resin fillings are not the treatment of choice for long term success inlays, onlays or crowns may be chosen.
These restorations are custom made and precisely created by a national leader in the dental laboratory field. Because they are located in St. Louis, it is easy to talk and work directly with the Certified Dental Technician crafting your restoration. All of the materials we use offer natural beauty, are highly compatible with the oral environment, and can last for twenty years or more.
Inlays are the most conservative of these restorations and require less removal of the natural tooth. We use them only on the inside and sides of the tooth.
Onlays restore the inside, part or all of the chewing surface, and one or more sides of the tooth.
Crowns, sometimes called caps, restore the chewing surface and all sides of the tooth.
We will, as always, work with you to help determine the best alternatives after considering your individual objectives and circumstances.
Proactive treatment is preventative treatment.
The best proactive treatment is meticulous home care by the patient. If a problem does occur, or if you suspect one, please report it to us immediately.
Remember that delaying care often results in it becoming less predictable, more complicated and more costly. Therefore we advise treatment of problems proactively to avoid the onset of negative consequences caused by not treating them in a timely manner.