What Is A Partial Dental Crown?

A dental crown covers the entirety of your visible tooth structure, while a dental filling addresses decay and small portions of the tooth that require treatment. But what if you need something in between? In today’s blog, we’re talking about how partial crowns help smiles in Des Moines, IA.

Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Crowns

Question: When do you prescribe one?

Answer: We recommend them for any damage or decay that is too severe for dental fillings or dental bonding, but not serious enough to require a full dental crown. The partial preserves more of the natural tooth structure while providing a durable and lifelike restoration.

Question: How do inlays and onlays differ?

Answer: Our partial crowns consist of inlays and onlays. The inlay fits in between the cusps on top of the patient’s tooth. The onlay fits over the cusps on top of the tooth.

Question: What materials do you use to create them?

Answer: We use either porcelain or zirconia to create them. Both materials are metal-free and can be shaded to blend with surrounding tooth structure. Both materials also contain stain-resistant properties, allowing your newly repaired teeth to stay bright. We want a restoration that matches your tooth completely!

Question: When should I receive a full crown?

Answer: A full crown will be placed for cracked or broken teeth, or teeth developing severe decay or a dental infection or abscess. As with our inlays and onlays, we create them using porcelain or zirconia. With proper care and attention our full and partial crowns can last for many years. You should brush and floss as usual, and always make time every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions about our natural looking restorations, then contact our team today.

Gateway Dental Group Offers Partial Dental Crowns

At Gateway Dental Group, our team may employ inlays and onlays to transform the health and appearance of your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.