When it comes to crowns, the average patient cannot be criticized for not knowing the difference between crown types, materials and other nuances of this dental restoration. After all, crowns are out of sight, so they tend to be out of mind. Porcelain crowns have a number of important merits as explained below.
Porcelain Crowns Blend in With the Rest of Your Teeth
Wouldn’t it be nice to smile wide with porcelain crowns1 in place yet not have anyone know you are wearing crowns? This is the magic of porcelain crowns. Porcelain really does look just like your natural teeth. The porcelain covers up the unsightly portion of your teeth while simultaneously replicating the hue of your natural teeth adjacent to the restoration. The result is a completely visually uniform smile that looks absolutely amazing compared to alternative solutions for compromised teeth.
Porcelain Crowns are Completely Safe
Opt for porcelain crowns and you will not spend a single second worrying about whether they are safe for your teeth or the rest of your body. This metal-free dental restoration will not expose you to the toxic mercury sometimes present in other crowns with comparably older designs. There is no metal amalgam in porcelain crowns so you will not have to worry about any potential negative side effects to your health.
Porcelain Crowns are Quite Strong
Porcelain crowns are comprised of an uber-strong ceramic. This ceramic is nearly as durable as the tooth’s enamel. Porcelain crowns prove even stronger than most patients anticipate when they are used to restore teeth toward the front of the mouth.
A Quick and Easy Smile Solution
If you would like to conceal an unsightly portion of a tooth or several teeth, porcelain crowns will surpass your expectations. This is the quickest and easiest way to beautify a smile while protecting a compromised tooth. Thanks to advances in CEREC technology2, dentists are now empowered to make a completely customized porcelain crown during the patient’s initial appointment.
A Solid Value
Porcelain crowns have fantastic value, especially when compared to other crowns made with different materials. As an example, silver and gold crowns are comparably expensive. Furthermore, the use of such metals is simply not practical for certain patients. Though composite resin is a bit cheaper than the porcelain variety, it will not prove nearly as durable. Opt for porcelain crowns and you won’t require restorations as frequently as would be necessary with other types of crowns. The end result will be a considerable savings of money and time.
A Natural Feel
Aside from looking natural, porcelain crowns also feel natural. The dentist will personalize your porcelain crown for the perfect fit that suits the natural shape of your unique teeth. These crowns will feel completely normal in your mouth while blending in with the rest of your teeth.
Keep the Majority of Your Tooth Structure Intact
The dentist will not have to remove an abundance of the tooth structure to place the porcelain crown. The use of porcelain allows the dentist to form a robust and reliable base for the crown while maintaining the tooth’s naturally healthy structure. Opt for an all-porcelain crown and it will not prove nearly as abrasive as a restoration made of porcelain-fused-to-metal. Unlike other supposed solutions, porcelain crowns do not weaken the strength or the functionality of the teeth.
There is no Risk of an Allergic Reaction
When dental restorations with metal components are used in the mouth, there is a chance the patient will suffer an allergic reaction. The same cannot be said of porcelain crowns. Porcelain is completely safe in all regards. This crown material is fully compatible with human biology as it is a completely biocompatible material in all regards.
Porcelain is Resistant to Stains
Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy whatever foods and beverages you desire without having to worry about stained teeth? You can enjoy this freedom with porcelain crowns. Porcelain is naturally resistant to staining. Go ahead and eat all the colorful and sticky candy you desire, drink your share of red wine, down as much coffee as you like and you will still enjoy natural-looking teeth thanks to the protective porcelain crowns.
Remain Comfortable While Eating
There is a common misconception that the addition of crowns makes eating somewhat uncomfortable. The truth is the placement of porcelain crowns on your teeth will not compromise your chewing in any way. While metal crowns are comparably large and heavy on the teeth, the porcelain variety is light. Your porcelain crowns will be molded just right so you feel perfectly comfortable while eating.
Less Time in the Office
The process necessary to make and place porcelain crowns is much easier than most assume. There is no need to come back to the office over and over again for adjustments to your crowns. The dentist starts out by taking x-rays that provide insight into the level of decay between the teeth. The teeth are then prepared for the addition of the crowns through the removal of the damaged portions or by way of building up the structure of the missing section for crown support.
The dentist’s impressions are used to create a porcelain crown tailored to the idiosyncratic dimensions of your nuanced mouth. The dentist will fit and color the porcelain crown so it blends in perfectly with the rest of your natural teeth. The dentist then cements the crown onto the tooth. This expeditious process respects the value of your time, ensuring you do not have to return to the dentist’s office over and over again for adjustments or any other alterations.
Freedom Dental is at Your Service
If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months or if you suspect or know you need crowns, contact our office today. Our dentist will be happy to tell you more about the merits of porcelain crowns. You can schedule an appointment with our dentist by dialing (707) 422-2236.