When you have more decay or damage to a tooth than a filling or similar restorative process will fix, a crown may be the solution. When tooth function and appearance are important, again, a dental crown may your best solution. But what, exactly, is a crown, and why do we prefer to use porcelain crowns?
What Is a Dental Crown?
When you have a compromised tooth, one of the most common dental procedures is to restore it with a crown. In a crown procedure, the damaged portion of the tooth is removed and what remains of the tooth is capped by a crown to protect, strengthen, and improve the look of it by restoring it to its original size and shape. Typically, the crown encases the tooth down to the gumline. A crown is also mounted to the post in a dental implant to mimic a natural tooth in look and function.
The Advantages of Porcelain
The biggest advantage an all-porcelain crown has over other types of crown material is cosmetic. A porcelain crown can be color-matched to your teeth, and it has a natural translucence. No other material looks as natural and blends with your remaining teeth as well. Crowns containing metal will often develop black lines at the gum line, which porcelain restorations will not do.
Another advantage is the easy care. A porcelain crown looks and functions like your natural teeth, and the care is the same as well. Following normal good oral hygiene practices like daily brushing and flossing will keep your crown healthy for a long time. And since porcelain won’t change color, you’ll have the natural appearance for a long time as well.
Dollar value is another plus for porcelain crowns. The metals used in other types of crowns are more expensive than porcelain. Composite resin is slightly cheaper, but it is far less durable and will require more frequent repair or replacement, costing you more in the long run.
Porcelain crowns are biocompatible. This means they are safe and don’t cause reactions. For those with metal allergies, the all-porcelain crown is the perfect solution.
We Always Try to Save Your Tooth
At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, whenever possible, we try to save your tooth. For this reason, we look to crowns for restoration rather than replacing your tooth. We also offer a same-day ceramic crown option called CEREC®. This is a come-in-walk-out-with-your-new-crown procedure that is convenient and time-saving. If you are in the Lewisville, Texas, area, contact us to schedule an appointment today and find out what type of crown is the best option for you.