There are situations where the damage caused to a tooth by decay is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not large enough to require a full crown.
In these cases, the best option for restoring the tooth may be an inlay. Inlays are porcelain restorations used on the posterior teeth (molars or premolars) to replace composite fillings and amalgams (fillings). They are ecological, restore the initial strength to the treated teeth, do not expand nor compress in hot or cold such as amalgams and they are far more aesthetic.
These restorations are strong, durable, offer superior protection against recurrent cavities and do not require a high level of maintenance.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its size, strength and / or improve its shape and appearance. The crown, when cemented in place, completely covers the entire visible part of a tooth which is at and above the gum line.
A dental crown may be necessary in the following situations: