Crowns are used when the extent of the damage to the tooth resides only in the recessed area of the tooth
In contrast to dental fillings, ceramic inlays, onlays, and crowns are often used to completely cover a damaged tooth with porcelain. Produced in a lab, ceramic crowns are fully-customized to fit over your existing teeth and can add a more full protection from future decay. When done correctly, ceramic inlays and onlays can create a natural appearance to the teeth, while also feeling more natural than traditional fillings. One of the main benefits of ceramic inlays and onlays is that they can appear seamless in the mouth. With a seamless and custom fit alongside long-lasting protection from decay, ceramic inlays, onlays, and crowns can keep you from spending significant time in a dentist’s chair. While traditional tooth colored composite fillings can create a natural appearance, ceramic onlays and inlays are generally used when over 50% of the tooth surface is damaged.