What are Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are custom-made caps that cover the entire visible portion of your tooth. They are also sometimes called "caps," "crowns," or "tooth caps."
Crowns are cemented to your existing tooth structure, so the tooth underneath must be strong enough to hold the restoration in place. For this reason, crowns are typically recommended following root canal treatment or for heavily damaged or broken teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
How are Porcelain Crowns used?
Porcelain crowns look and function just like teeth. They are an ideal restoration option when a tooth is too damaged for a filling but does not require a dental implant. The crown is custom-made to fit the tooth and match its color, shape, and texture. The crown is cemented in place over the tooth after the decay has been removed.
Benefits of porcelain crowns
A porcelain crown can correct a number of different problems with your teeth. Here are some of the benefits of porcelain crowns:
Porcelain crowns completely cover teeth, improving their size, shape, and color. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so teeth will maintain their white appearance over time. This improvement to your smile will boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Porcelain crowns are versatile restorations. When added with a bridge, they can replace missing teeth and restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile. When placed over an implant, a crown can recreate a natural-looking tooth that functions just as well as a real tooth.
Porcelain crowns offer increased durability compared to other types of restorations. Porcelain is strong and can withstand the stresses of chewing. The porcelain can also resist staining, so you won't have to worry about a discolored crown.
Improved wear resistance
Porcelain crowns are fabricated from durable dental ceramic, which is tough enough to withstand normal dental function while maintaining its natural-looking appearance.
It can be used to strengthen teeth
Porcelain crowns are also a good choice when reinforcing worn teeth. If you have teeth that are weakened from years of use, a porcelain crown can provide strength and protection. When the crown completely covers a tooth, it can protect the tooth from damage, which can keep the tooth from needing to be extracted.
Porcelain crowns are also a good choice for misshapen teeth or teeth that are out of alignment.
Who can get porcelain crowns?
Porcelain crowns are extremely versatile and can be used to treat many different conditions. Porcelain crowns are recommended for anyone who has damaged their tooth and needs a tooth replacement. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from being further damaged.
Porcelain crowns are also ideal for patients who would like to improve their smile. By covering the entire tooth, porcelain crowns can help patients hide cracks, chips, fractures, and other imperfections. Porcelain crowns are also ideal for covering a tooth after a root canal.
Types of porcelain crowns
The different types of porcelain crowns include the following:
- All-porcelain crowns: All-porcelain crowns are typically made of ceramic and are specifically made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. All-porcelain crowns are made to last for many years and are sometimes used as the last step of the dental implant placement process.
- Porcelain-fused to metal crown: The exterior portion of these crowns is made of porcelain and has its interior portion as metal.
- All-ceramic crowns: All-ceramic crowns are crafted from porcelain fused to a metal substructure. All-ceramic crowns are popular because they are strong, durable, and resistant to staining.
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