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Rodney Raanan Before and After
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Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays

Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays

Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown (sometimes called a cap) is a covering that completely encases the tooth, restoring it to its original size and shape—or in the case of cosmetic enhancements, to improved size and shape. A crown strengthens and protects tooth structure that cannot be restored by more conservative treatments, such as fillings, inlays or onlays.

Several types of crowns are available, of which, tooth colored porcelain crowns are the most popular, because they closely match your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are quite durable. With reasonable care they will normally last many for years. Still, like natural teeth and every type of dental restorations, they may eventually require maintenance or replacement. Porcelain crowns are constructed to accurately match the size, shape, and color or your own natural teeth, thereby giving you a beautiful, long-lasting smile.

Reasons to choose crowns:

  • Decayed teeth.
  • Large fillings.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Tooth that needs root canal surgery.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.

Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays

Porcelain Inlays

An inlay restoration is a special type of custom made filling. Porcelain inlays are quite popular because they are extremely durable, and resemble the enamel of your natural teeth. Porcelain inlays are made by our state of the art dental laboratory, then permanently cemented by Dr. Raanan into the tooth.

Inlays are a conservative way to repair teeth that have large defective fillings, or teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Inlays are a widely accepted alternative to conventional composite or silver fillings. They are a more conservative treatment than crowns because considerably less tooth structure is removed in the process of preparing the tooth.

Like natural teeth and all dental restorations, inlays are subject to wear and damage. For this reason, they are not always permanent. Even the best of inlays may someday require service or replacement. Ceramic inlays are very durable, and will normally last for many years, enhancing your natural, beautiful smile.

Reasons to choose inlay restorations:

  • Decayed teeth.
  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Large fillings.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.

Porcelain Onlays

A porcelain onlay restoration is a special, custom made filling that is constructed of porcelain. Porcelain onlays are quite popular, because they are extremely durable, and they closely resemble your natural teeth. Another name for an onlay is “partial crown”.

Porcelain onlays must be made by a professional dental laboratory. They are then permanently cemented in place by your dentist.

Onlays are a conservative way to repair teeth that have large, defective fillings or teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Onlays are considered a more conservative alternative to crowns (caps) because the process of preparing the tooth removes much less tooth structure. The essential difference between Onlays and inlays is that in the case of onlays, one or more of the chewing cusps have damage, and require restoration.

As with natural teeth and all types of dental restorations, onlays are subject to wear and structural damage — so they are not always permanent. They may someday require maintenance or replacement. Porcelain onlays are quite durable, though, and with reasonable care they will last for many years, enhancing your beautiful, natural smile.

Reasons to choose porcelain onlay restorations:

  • Decayed teeth.
  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Large fillings.
  • Fractured fillings
  • Cosmetic enhancement.

Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays

What does placing a Crown, Onlay, and Inlay entail?

A crown procedure will usually require two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Raanan will take several very precise molds (or impressions). These will be used to fabricate your custom crown, Onlay, or inlay. A temporary crown will also be formed using a mold. The temporary crown will remain on your tooth until your new, “permanent” crown is fabricated by our Master Dental Ceramist.

The tooth and adjacent gum are anesthetized. While it is numb, Dr. Raanan will prepare the tooth, removing any decay and shaping the surface to facilitate fitting the new crown, Onlay, or Inlay. When these preparations are completed, the temporary crown will be secured in place with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure that your teeth are meeting properly.

During your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, the tooth thoroughly cleaned. When all preparations are complete, your new crown, onlay, or inlay will be precisely placed, the spacing and bite carefully evaluated, and will then be secured with a “permanent” adhesive.

Before your treatment is completed, you will receive care instructions, and you will be encouraged to schedule regular dental visits to routinely maintain your teeth and to verify the health of your new restorations.

Are these procedures painful?

No, this procedure is not considered painful. Patients can experience some sensitivity when the tooth is being prepared. Porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays may need local anesthetics or Sedation Dentistry techniques. Dr. Raanan offers these techniques at our practice in Beverly Hills for a painless experience. Dr. Rodney Raanan utilizes his extensive training, skills, and experience to give his patients the most relaxing, comfortable office visit possible.

What should I look for in choosing a dentist for Porcelain Veneers?

Many general dentists with only dental school training claim to be a cosmetic dentist. When considering Porcelain Dental Veneers, patients should look for an aesthetic dentist with an Advanced Specialty Degree in Prosthodontics that specialize in Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays procedures.

Dr. Rodney Raanan received three additional years of training after dental school at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, accredited by the American Dental Association, and has many years of experience in placing beautiful aesthetic Porcelain Crowns, Inlays, Onlays.

Beverly Hills, CA