Porcelain Crowns in Jacksonville
Natural-looking and durable Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are dental restorations that are used when a tooth has become damaged due to decay or trauma, or to cap a tooth after root canal therapy.
Drs. Parker and Pennington have designed and placed thousands of porcelain crowns and will customize your crown to precisely match the shade, shape and translucency of your natural teeth. Our doctors pay close attention to the functional relationship of the teeth when creating your crowns to ensure that your mouth feels comfortable and your bite is correct. It’s this attention to detail that provides a smile that is beautiful as well as healthy.
Our doctors work closely with a world-class lab that creates beautiful custom crowns with a high-quality porcelain material called e.max.
e.max mimics the translucency of natural teeth, and is also extremely durable, providing the strength needed to bite and chew.
When Porcelain Crowns are used
Our doctors may recommend a crown for many reasons:
- A worn down tooth or a tooth severely damaged by decay
- After root canal therapy (a crown is often needed afterwards to strengthen the treated tooth)
- Badly stained or discolored teeth. Another option is porcelain veneers
- To cover a poorly shaped tooth
- A crown in conjunction with a dental implant replaces a missing tooth.
- You have chips or cracks. These can also be covered by porcelain veneers
Onlays and inlays
When a tooth is too damaged to be properly repaired with a filling, yet isn’t so damaged that a crown is required, onlays and inlays offer a durable solution that looks and feels natural. Dr. Pennington and Dr. Parker have been successfully placing onlays and inlays for decades.
Repairing large cavities while preserving tooth structure
Onlays and inlays are both used are used to repair large cavities. An inlay fits within the grooves between the cusps of your teeth at the center of the tooth’s surface.
An onlay is used when damage to the tooth structure is more extensive. It fits within the grooves but wraps up and over the cusps covering more of the tooth’s surface. Because of their extensive coverage, dental onlays are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns.” Unlike crowns, onlays don’t require that the tooth be shaved, making this a more conservative approach.
Replacing amalgam fillings
Old amalgam fillings will oxidize and expand over the years, which can cause cracks and/or leaks. Onlays and inlays made from porcelain do not increase in size so they don’t crack your teeth. They are also match your natural teeth and allow for more conservative repairs that don’t need a crown to cover the entire tooth.