If you’ve got damaged or missing teeth, your dentist has probably recommended a couple of different restorative dentistry treatments. However, there are multiple factors that you and the dentist will consider when selecting the right treatment, and the budget is a major consideration. Many patients who seek an affordable long-term solution turn to crowns.
A crown is an imitation cap that looks like your tooth, functions like your tooth, and protects it from further damage. It encompasses the damaged tooth completely, restoring its shape, enhance strength, and improve appearance.
Dental crowns are available in multiple materials. However, porcelain crowns are becoming increasingly popular. At Sylvan Heights Dental, we specialize in restorative dentistry and strive to provide our customers with the best available treatment options, including porcelain crowns.
Porcelain is made by heating up ceramic at very high temperatures. The heat toughens up the material to increase its strength, resilience, and toughness of the material. Porcelain crowns are the only crowns that replicate or mimic the exact translucent color and appearance of natural teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns present a number of benefits over alternative materials. When selecting a crown or other restorative treatments, the goal is to ensure the new fixture is as close as possible to natural teeth.
Other options include stainless steel, gold, silver, porcelain infused to metal, or all-resin. Besides all resin, all others include metal, which can be very unappealing to look at.
Where metal infused crowns aren’t as in the face as full metal crowns, they still leave a visible metal line at the bottom that is not very aesthetically appealing. In fact, many people also have metal allergies, and metal or metal infused crowns can be unsafe for them.
Porcelain crowns are also space-saving and customizable. Whether you want to correct alignment, replace missing teeth, protect and repair damaged decaying teeth, a porcelain crown can do it all. They can fit well within tight spaces and are a functional solution to problems presented by other crown materials.
Zirconia is an alternate material offering similar benefits. However, zirconia crowns are substantially more expensive than porcelain crowns event though both offer a similar level of functionality.
When Do You Need a Crown?
There are multiple scenarios in which your dentist may recommend that you get a porcelain crown.
|| Protect Damaged Teeth – Decay can weaken your dental structure and may result in tooth loss over time. A crown can help protect the tooth from falling out.
|| No Allergic Reactions –Full porcelain crowns do not have any metals fittings, making it ideal for those with metal sensitivities and allergies.
|| Customizable – you can even use porcelain crowns to correct alignment and fill in gaps between the teeth.
|| Durable – A properly installed porcelain crown can last you a few years.
A well-fitted dental crown can restore the full functionality of the mouth as it functions exactly like that of natural teeth. At Sylvan Heights Dental, we provide professional dental care services to our clients. Reach out to us at (503) 388-5882 or schedule an appointment today!