The Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
By Burton Gooch on November 12, 2016
People in and around Birmingham can count on us to offer exceptional, state-of-the-art dental care. We can use advanced technology to address gum disease, tooth decay, and other kinds of dental health and wellness issues.
One of the great advances in recent years is the use of CEREC® technology to create same-day porcelain dental crowns. Let's consider the basics of porcelain dental crowns and how they can benefit patients.
What Are Porcelain Dental Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are caps that are used to cover a tooth that has been seriously damaged or decayed. They are a sort of last-resort restoration, used to rebuild tooth structure when a filling, inlay, or onlay will not suffice. The cap fits over the remaining tooth structure, protecting the tooth from harm and restoring the ability to bite and chew.
These porcelain dental crowns are made from ceramic materials. This differentiates them from metal dental crowns, which have been more commonly used. In essence, porcelain crowns are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal crowns.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Dental Crowns
Good candidates for porcelain dental crowns are people who suffer from serious tooth decay or tooth injury. In many cases, porcelain dental crowns are recommended for use on the front teeth since they are most prominent in the smile. Porcelain crowns can also be used on molars and premolars depending on the dentist's discretion and recommendation.
Improved Aesthetics Over Metal Crowns
One of the primary benefits of porcelain dental crowns is the improved aesthetics they off. With porcelain dental crowns in place, people can smile, laugh, and speak with renewed confidence. The dental ceramic blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth since they are color-matched. This means people will not realize you have a crown in place, whether in natural light or artificial light.
Durable and Strong for Biting and Chewing
In addition to great aesthetics, porcelain dental crowns are also quite durable. A person can bite and chew as they normally would without major worries about chipping or cracking their crowns. The porcelain crowns can be damaged like natural tooth structure would, but they are durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear without risk of harm.
Custom Crafted for a Great Fit
Porcelain crowns are custom crafted to each patient, which means enhanced fit and exceptional results. Careful attention is paid to the way the crown fits with adjacent teeth and the contact the crown makes with the tooth or teeth of the opposite dental arch. The result is a comfortable bite that is fully functional.
Dental Crowns in Just One Day
Thanks to CEREC® technology, we can provide patients with custom porcelain dental crowns in just a single dental visit. A digital impression can be taken and fed directly into our on-site milling unit. This CEREC® system created a durable porcelain crown for the patient while he or she waits. That means fewer visits to the dentist, less time off of work, and greater overall convenience.
Learn More About Porcelain Dental Crowns
If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice will work closely with you every step of the way.
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