Everyone admires a pearly white smile so even if one of your teeth is lost, it can put a dent in your confidence as well as impact your oral health and functions. At Summit Dental Group, our dentists may recommend porcelain crowns so that you can have a natural-looking, bright and white smile.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
A porcelain crown is an artificial porcelain dental cap that is used to restore the form, functions, and esthetics of your natural tooth. In case your tooth has been lost, porcelain dental crowns can also be used to serve as a cap for a dental implant.
Dental crowns are available in a wide range of materials like gold, base metal, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, and composite resin. However, porcelain crowns are the most esthetically pleasing option out of all of them.
Benefits of a Porcelain Crown
Porcelain crowns provide a variety of benefits for the user. Some of the major benefits include:
A porcelain crown is the most natural-looking and attractive option for your teeth, particularly if they are in the front. Porcelain is a naturally white material that has a sheen that is similar to the shine of your natural enamel. Since they cover the tooth from the top to the gum line, they look completely real.
Can be Tinted
Your natural teeth are not pure white but have varying shades of ivory. Porcelain can be tinted to match the exact color of your natural teeth, furthering the illusion that the tooth is real.
Porcelain does not cause any allergies or gum irritation, unlike other materials used in crowns like base metal alloy. Hence, they are a very comfortable and safe replacement for your natural tooth.
Stain and Corrosion-resistant
Porcelain crowns are very resistant to stain and will remain white for a very long time. They also do not rust or corrode. However, they can chip or fracture. However, if you take good care of them, there is little danger of that.
Porcelain crowns, like most crowns, do not require any special care. You can clean them like your natural teeth and they will remain white and shiny for years.
Limitations of a Porcelain Crown
With so many benefits, porcelain crowns also have certain drawbacks and limitations. Porcelain is a fragile material and its crowns are not as strong as crowns made from metal-based material. If you apply too much pressure on your teeth or try to chew something very hard, the porcelain crown can chip or fracture. However, with a little care, your porcelain crowns can last you for several years.
Porcelain crowns also require a larger amount of enamel to be removed from the teeth so that the tooth can accommodate the crown comfortably. The extra porcelain makes your crown stronger.
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Porcelain crowns are a very good option if you want to protect your decayed teeth from further harm. Bear in mind though that if you do not take good care of your oral hygiene, a porcelain crown will not be able to prevent tooth reinfection. If this happens, you may very well lose your tooth.
It is important that you keep your regular checkup appointments with us so that we can assess the condition of your porcelain crown as well as your natural teeth. To schedule an appointment with our doctors, contact us today.