Tooth-colored porcelain crowns allow dentists to repair their patients’ teeth while also maintaining an appearance that no other type of crown is possible of. Unlike other types of crowns, all porcelain crowns do not use any type of metal base. Metal base crowns (such as those used in “porcelain fused to metal” crowns) often leave a grey colored line along the gumlines of the tooth that is treated. Or, if the porcelain is chipped for whatever reason, the exposed metal base can be seen on the tooth.
A full coverage porcelain crown will blend in with the tooth on all surfaces, especially near the margin of the crown. Since these crowns are designed to have the most natural appearance possible, a color match is key. Both you and your dentist will use a shade guide in natural lighting to determine the coloration of your full porcelain crown. This allows the final restoration to blend with nearby teeth, minimizing the impact on your smile.
All porcelain crowns are ideal for use in the front of the mouth, where your full tooth shows frequently throughout the day. Whether you’re talking or smiling, you want your smile to look healthy and natural, without the appearance of a false-looking tooth.
Teeth often need crowns if they’ve experienced large fractures or decay, or when they have been treated with a root canal. Crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth, strengthening it and helping it to function much longer than it would without the restoration.
Have you put your crown treatment off? Delaying treatment too long can weaken the tooth until it is past the point of restoring. Ask your dentist about a functional, cosmetic all-porcelain crown today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid
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