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Nashville Porcelain Crowns & Onlays

Your dental work can be your secret! With porcelain crowns and onlays by Dr. David Wickness, your tooth can be restored seamlessly for a smile that’s as stunning as ever.

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Porcelain Crowns: Strength + Beauty

When you think of porcelain, you may picture something dainty. Not our crowns! We use the latest in high-strength ceramics to deliver beautiful restorations that can withstand all of the force needed for you to chew as normal. Our e.max crowns are made of lithium disilicate, a strong ceramic that mimics well the characteristics of natural teeth. For ultimate aesthetics, the lithium disilicate is veneered with porcelain. Where even more strength is needed, such as in molars, we use a type of zirconia that balances exceptional strength with a translucent quality that allows it to blend right in with your smile.

It wasn’t that long ago that, in the hands of most dentists, a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown was the closest you could come to a natural-looking restoration without sacrificing on strength. But as you can see in the comparison photos below, a PFM crown just isn’t the most aesthetic option anymore. If you have a crown like this, we would love to renew your smile with the power of high-strength ceramics.

A side-by-side comparison of a patient's smile with PFM crowns and with new porcelain crowns.

What are Onlays?

Unlike crowns, onlays don’t cover the entirety of your tooth. As shown in the illustration below, an onlay is used when only part of your tooth is decayed or damaged enough to need a full restoration. An inlay is used when the cusps are healthy but the inside crevice of the tooth needs restored. Since Dr. Wickness believes in preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible, he will not drill out more of your tooth than is truly necessary. He’ll use onlays instead of crowns whenever possible. But regardless of type, your restoration will be made of quality ceramics selected for their aesthetics and strength.

Diagram illustrating the difference between porcelain crowns, onlays, and inlays.