Porcelain Crowns

added on: December 5, 2015

Porcelain Crowns

Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel, while providing desirable strength and resilience. Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth, because a crown basically replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level. Crowns are not limited to simply replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better esthetic appearance.

 

The Hows and Whys of Porcelain Crowns

Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the original tooth, when a traumatic event has caused damage, or in cases of significant tooth wear. They are also an option for people who grind and clench their teeth so much that the original structure of their teeth has been compromised.

 

The great benefit to porcelain crowns is they can not only replicate the original tooth in function, but can be designed to look like the original–or even better.

 

Crowns are secured in the mouth using a light-sensitive resin placed between the original tooth and crown, and then hardening that resin with a special curing light.

 

Potential Crown Downsides

Porcelain crowns do require some laboratory time to be created and times vary according to the laboratory and its distance from your dentist, so expect to be fitted with a temporary, or provisional, crown for a while.

 

Maintenance of a Porcelain Crown

Maintaining porcelain crowns is actually quite simple. Much like your original teeth, they require routine brushing with nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing.