Restoring Your Smile With Partial And Full Crowns

crowns, inlays, and onlaysA damaged tooth, or one that aches, could mean the presence of decay or infection and unless treated, the risk of an unsightly gap in your smile! However, your Des Moines, IA, dentist may be able to restore teeth with custom-made and lifelike dental restorations known as crowns. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the benefits of our porcelain restorations!

When a Smile Needs Restoration

The outer enamel that coats the teeth protects them from injury and serious oral health concerns. However, if injury or poor oral health damages or erodes the enamel, this exposes the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria, allowing cavities and even infections to form. The teeth feel sensitive and may ache, and unless addressed, this issue could grow so severe that the tooth could be lost or even require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth. To prevent tooth loss and stop discomfort, we may suggest treatment with a restoration!

Inlays and Onlays

Partial crowns, or inlays and onlays, address specific portions of the tooth. They address decay or damage too substantial for a filling, but not severe enough to require a complete crown. The inlay fits in between the cusps on top of the tooth, while the inlay fits over them. We create them from porcelain and take steps to ensure they blend with your smile.

Full Crowns

A complete crown covers everything above the gum line, the visible portion of each teeth. For those reasons, we use them to address a wide array of cosmetic and restorative concerns. Along with treating advanced decay, we also complete root canal procedures for infected teeth, and repair cracks and chips. We’ve also lengthened teeth worn-down by teeth grinding and for those with lost teeth, secure dental bridges and restore single tooth dental implants.

The Benefits of Porcelain

The placement process starts with structure being removed from the teeth and detailed impressions being taken. We use the impressions and measurements to design and craft the final restoration. We use porcelain because this strong material absorbs bite forces and pressure, providing a durable and dependable chewing surface. The material can also be shaded to blend with the rest of the smile, offering a lifelike restoration that matches your surrounding teeth. If you have any questions about our restorative options, or if you have a damaged or aching tooth that needs attention, then contact our team today.


We have strong and long-lasting crowns that look natural and blend with your smile seamlessly. To learn more about our custom treatment options, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.