Ceramic Restorations

Ceramic restorations may be used in some situations to restore teeth where white fillings (composite resins) are not suitable. Ceramic restorations include inlays, onlays and crowns.

Such situations may be:

  • If there is heavy loading on a tooth such as on a molar
  • If there is a large area of the tooth to restore. This may be a result of the tooth being badly broken down – either a cusp has broken off, or there are large old fillings or a large portion of decay
  • If you grind and/or clench your teeth

An Inlay or Onlay is a similar shape to a filling and fits into or over a tooth like a puzzle piece fits into a jigsaw puzzle. It may provide a stronger alternative than a composite filling to restore a tooth.

A Crown, also known as a “cap” is a restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth. The original tooth is filed down to make room for the crown. Crowns are often needed when a tooth has been weakened by a large cavity or a crack.

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BCD crowns and inlays are generally made from porcelain over a zirconia base and are custom fabricated in a Sydney laboratory.