You hear your dentist say “this tooth is going to need a crown.” You picture a gold restoration or a tooth that looks not so natural when it comes to restoring your smile. Fortunately, modern porcelain materials allow full coverage crowns to not only restore health to your smile, but look great at the same time!
Porcelain crowns protect the underlying tooth structure that has been damaged or decayed. This full coverage will distribute pressure forces evenly, allowing the tooth to function normally from day to day. Crowns are also placed over teeth that are no longer alive, such as those that have been treated with a root canal.
The color matching process allows porcelain crowns to be used anywhere in your mouth. The shade of the material is carefully matched to the enamel on your nearby teeth, so that the final restoration will blend right in. Porcelain crowns can even be placed right on the front teeth!
Why choose a porcelain crown?
What can you expect out of a porcelain crown? Everything that you would expect from a traditional crown. That is, function, comfort, and long-lasting success of your dental treatment. The final restoration will fit smoothly along your gum tissue without any rough edges that catch floss or food.
Quit putting your dental care off because you’re afraid of how it will look. With porcelain crowns, you can keep your mouth disease-free and be proud of it! For a second opinion or to schedule your treatment, call your dentist right away.
Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
At what point does a tooth need a crown rather than a filling? This subject is one that patients often have with their dentist, and for good reason. A dental crown is a larger investment, and affects more of the tooth than your average straightforward filling. Here are 3 signs that you are past the point of being able to have a filling performed, and need a crown to help keep your tooth healthy:
#1 – Constant food packing in the tooth.
If decay is large enough that significant amounts of food pack down into it after each meal, then a filling most likely will not be even closely adequate for restoring your tooth. Fillings are best for small areas of decay that have not compromised multiple surfaces of a tooth.
#2 – You can’t eat on that tooth.
Pressure, or pain associated with eating certain foods is keeping you from chewing on that side of your mouth. Whether it’s a crack in the tooth, or severe sensitivity to particular foods, then the structure of the tooth is probably compromised to the point where it cannot functionally withstand use without being crowned. There must be enough healthy enamel to support a filling; cracked and significantly compromised teeth won’t hold up even with the best filling.
#3 – More than half of your tooth is visibly gone.
You can see it yourself…a giant portion of the tooth has broken off of the tooth or is gone, and there’s significantly visible damage. In order to place a filling, there has to be adequate amount of surrounding enamel to support it. Severe fracturing won’t hold a filling in place, and if a filling is attempted it can continue to fall off.
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
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