Porcelain crowns are caps that are placed on top of your teeth to restore their former, natural appearance. When fillings or dental sealants fail to solve the issue, crowns are usually the next option most dental professionals would advise their patients. They are an advanced solution to protecting and restoring the shape of your teeth.
Unlike metal crowns, porcelain crowns capitalize on their appearance which is very close to that of natural teeth. This can make a lot of difference for people who are trying to restore their front teeth. At , we offer the best in class restoration treatments for patients who have suffered from tooth decay or whose teeth have endured damage from an accident.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental professionals may advise you to get a dental crown if there is danger of further decay to your tooth. In an effort to keep the root from weakening further or breaking altogether, a dental surgeon may place a porcelain or metal crown over the affected tooth. This can also help restore a chipped tooth or a severely worn down tooth.
Dental crowns are a less expensive option for covering discolored or misshapen teeth. In an implant-supported restorative surgery, a dental surgeon will use crowns to cover the implants. This is also true in the case of dental bridges, where crowns are used to keep the bridge in place.
Metal vs Porcelain Crowns
Metal crowns are made from metal-based alloys such as nickel-chromium, and are considered a more durable alternative to porcelain crowns. However, they lack the aesthetic characteristics of natural teeth. They have been used in dentistry for many years now and are least likely to get damaged over time.
Contrary to metal crowns, porcelain crowns are prone to chipping and damage as they are more brittle. They do however replicate the appearance of natural teeth quite well. They usually come in two types: all-porcelain and all-ceramic. Both metal and porcelain crowns can be used for replacing posterior and front teeth.
The Treatment Process
Unless a dental surgeon advises extraction of the damaged tooth, covering it with a porcelain crown is the typical course of action taken by them. In most cases, this procedure will require two appointments with a dental professional. During your first visit, any weak or damaged parts will be shaved off and an impression of your tooth will be taken. Once your custom-made crown is ready, your next visit will see your crown fitted.
Porcelain Jacket Crown
A porcelain jacket crown is usually preferred when the entire tooth needs to be covered. This comes in handy when the tooth has undergone severe decay and further damage needs to be prevented. Unlike veneers, which are bonded to the front of your teeth, jacket crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth. They are best suited to replace anterior teeth.
At Elite Dental of Natick, we ensure that our patients feel comfortable and secure while undergoing any type of restorative treatment. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment over the phone, do not hesitate to call us at (508) 319-9339.