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Tooth decay and tooth damage can have a number of ill effects with regard to dental aesthetics and dental health. Not only will the damage make a smile seem less appealing, it can also lead to major tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, and root canal infections. It's important that you meet with a cosmetic dentist to have your teeth examined and fixed following any sort of serious injury or case of tooth decay.
When substantial amounts of tooth structure have been lost, the ideal option for care is the use of a dental crown. There are different kinds of crowns out there, and we'd like to take a bit of time to focus on the nature of porcelain crowns and what they can achieve.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are caps that fit over the teeth in order to protect them from serious harm and damage. When in place, the dental crown prevents further damage befalling a tooth, strengthens the overall tooth structure, and eliminates any pain or discomfort associated with the tooth decay or damage.
How Porcelain Crowns Are Different from Traditional Crowns
Traditional dental crowns were often made of soft metals. Porcelain dental crowns are made from dental ceramic which simulates the natural appearance and strength of a tooth. When a porcelain crown is in place, people will not notice that it is a crown because the results appear that natural.
Natural Appearance Ideal for Front Teeth
Among the benefits of porcelain crowns is their appearance. If a patient needs to have a front tooth or one of the more prominent/visible teeth capped, a porcelain crown is the most ideal option. Many times porcelain crowns are used in smile makeover treatments since the results that can be achieved are quite remarkable.
Good Durability for General Wear and Tear
Porcelain veneers are able to tolerate general wear and tear caused by biting and chewing. With proper care, patients won't have to worry about breaking their porcelain crowns simply from normal use.
With this in mind, it's best for patients to exercise common sense: they should not chew objects that are not meant to be chewed, and they should wear mouth protection when playing contact sports or engaging in combat sports.
Alternatives to Porcelain Crowns
If porcelain crowns are not the ideal option for a patient's needs, there are other restoration options to consider. For visible teeth, porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns may be recommended. These are dental crowns that are metal within and have a porcelain outer layer. In other instances, metal dental crowns may be the best option.
These matters can all be discussed in full detail during your consultation. We will be sure to answer any and all questions you may have about these matters so that you can make the right decision for your dental care goals.
Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dentistry
For more information about porcelain crowns, tooth-colored dental restorations, and other options for giving you a healthy, beautiful smile, be sure to contact our San Francisco cosmetic dentistry centers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental wellness.