Restoring Function and Strength to Your Smile
When you visit our Kingwood, TX practice for dental care, you can rest assured knowing that you’re in good hands. Dr. Rowntree understands that each patient is different, and that’s why we’ll create a customized treatment plan to match your unique needs.
While we can typically treat a small cavity with a standard filling, larger ones need a little more help. Depending on the severity of the damage and where the cavity is located, Dr. Rowntree will recommend using one of three options to restore your smile: Inlays, onlays, or a dental crown.
Inlays are a type of dental restoration that uses pre-molded filling material to protect and strengthen a tooth. This treatment focuses on repairing the grooves on a tooth and never extends over the cusps or tips. Typically, this treatment can be completed in two visits.
During your first visit, Dr. Rowntree will take impressions of the tooth in question. These impressions are then sent to our local dental laboratory, where they’ll design and manufacture the inlay. The restoration is made from a tooth-colored composite resin so nobody will notice your nearly invisible treatment.
After about two weeks, the laboratory will send us your inlays, and you’ll return to our office for the final appointment. Dr. Rowntree will clear out any infected tooth before placing the inlay.
An onlay is similar to an inlay because it combats lager fillings. The difference is, though, that it focuses on repairing damage to the cusps of teeth instead of the grooves. Onlays are ideal for patients with damaged, decayed, or fractured biting surfaces for a few reasons.
First, the durability that onlays provide protects the tooth from further damage. Second, they reinforce the tooth, restoring its strength and ability to withstand bite forces.
The process of creating and placing an onlay is the same as inlays — we take impressions of your smile, a dental laboratory manufactures it, and then Dr. Rowntree will bond it to the tooth.
Neither inlays or onlays require any extra degree of care. As long as you brush twice a day, floss after meals, and visit Dr. Rowntree for routine checkups, your restoration will last for many years to come.
A dental crown is a cap that’s placed on top of a tooth that’s been severely damaged. Crowns defend the tooth from future damage, as well as restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
There are many reasons why Dr. Rowntree might recommend a dental crown, including:
- To restore a cracked or fractured tooth
- To restore a poorly-shaped or stained tooth
- To restore a tooth that’s severely damaged or decayed
- To protect a tooth following a root canal
- To complete a dental implant restoration
Our dental crowns are manufactured from high-grade porcelain — a durable, tooth-colored material. Porcelain is the ideal material for dental crowns because it reacts to light the same way as your natural teeth, meaning it will be nearly impossible to differentiate it in your smile.
After a dental laboratory creates the crown, Dr. Rowntree can secure it on the prepared tooth. The placement of a crown is quick and only takes about 20 minutes to complete.