Porcelain Crowns - Restoring Health and Beauty to Teeth
By Eugene D. Stanislaus on February 26, 2010
An ideal choice for anterior, or front, teeth, porcelain crowns are a versatile dental treatment that protect teeth while seamlessly blending with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns can anchor a dental bridge into place or sit atop a dental implant, improving the function and aesthetics of a smile while ensuring that the jaw does not fall into disuse. They also reinforce the structure of a weak tooth, protecting it from further damage and cracking. Aesthetically, porcelain crowns are used to cover a discolored or damaged tooth, where a porcelain veneer is not an option, either due to cost or extensive damage.
Once the tooth has been prepared for the crown, an impression is created of the teeth above and on either side of the repair site. This is done to ensure that the porcelain crown will fit the tooth without obstructing the surrounding teeth, which can cause discomfort and further troubles. Sometimes a temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it while the crown is being manufactured; however, innovative technology, such as CEREC, allows the porcelain crown to be created during the patient’s initial visit. With CEREC, the porcelain crown is immediately placed on the tooth, saving the patient an extra visit.
Porcelain crowns are individually crafted to fit the dental site and match the surrounding teeth in size and color. Though crowns are made from a variety of materials, including metal and resin, porcelain crowns offer a natural-looking alternative and easily blend with your natural teeth. Unlike metal, porcelain crowns match the color of the surrounding teeth to conceal the dental work. Unlike crowns made of resin, porcelain crowns reflect light, imitating the look of natural teeth. Protect damaged teeth with aesthetically pleasing porcelain dental crowns.
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