When we consider the options to preserve even a single broken tooth, we take a conservative approach. Fortunately, modern dental materials allow us to rebuild teeth to full function while maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Sometimes teeth suffer damage because of normal function over time, cavities, heavy bite forces, and trauma. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be perfectly restored with an onlay. A crown requires a little more tooth preparation, but onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area.

Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative choice fits your treatment plan, our doctors may suggest an onlay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that reshapes the gumline to enhance the appearance of teeth.

Gum contouring is typically performed with local anesthesia, minimizing discomfort during the procedure.

Individuals with uneven gumlines, excessive gum tissue, or those seeking cosmetic improvements may be good candidates.

 The duration depends on the case’s complexity but often takes one to two hours.