We all want strong, confident smiles, but after a lifetime of use, our teeth are sometimes left cracked, chipped, or broken. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you can’t still have a pristine, beautiful smile. With porcelain dental crowns, a Dr. Fondriest can repair damage and roll back the clock on your teeth. Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the benefits of porcelain dental crowns in this article.
Consider a More Seamless Restoration
While some dentists still offer metal fillings and crowns, most patients and dentists, alike, prefer the more natural-looking restorations, such as composite resin fillings or porcelain crowns. These are designed specifically to be nearly seamless, allowing patients to smile confidently without fear that people will only notice their dental work.
Plus, the materials used to create these restorations conduct less heat than metal, making them more comfortable than metal, for most patients.
What Are Porcelain Crowns?
Like metal dental crowns, a porcelain crown is a specially designed cap that fits over a damaged tooth. It keeps the remaining tooth structure intact, adds support, and prevents further damage. Patients often prefer porcelain crowns because they resemble their natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are an excellent restorative dental procedure for patients who have:
- Cracked or Chipped Teeth
- Gaps Between Teeth
- Misaligned or Crooked Front Teeth
- Enamel Erosion
- Permanent Stains
- Replacing Old Metal Crowns
- Replacing Old Fillings, Inlays and Onlays
Are Porcelain Crowns As Good As Metal Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are considered more biocompatible than metal crowns. When gums recede, metal crowns sometimes leave an embarrassing black line visible at the gum line. Porcelain crowns are strong, resistant to stains, and long lasting. Esthetically, porcelain crowns look like natural teeth, so only you and Dr. Fondriest know you’ve had dental work!
How Are Porcelain Crowns Applied?
The first step is a consultation with your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. Fondriest. This appointment is for Dr. Fondriest to help you decide if porcelain crowns are the correct choice for your dental restoration needs. The process usually requires two visits.
During the initial visit, Dr. Fondriest will prepare the damaged tooth to make room for the crown. Next, he will take an impression of the tooth and opposing teeth. This impression will be sent a special off-site lab, where an expert ceramist will mill your porcelain crown to Dr. Fondriest’s specifications. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be crafted for you to wear until your custom made porcelain crown is ready.
At the next visit, Dr. Fondriest will check the fit and color of the new crown to make sure it blends with your natural teeth. Then, using a special bonding agent, Dr. Fondriest will secure the crown. When you walk out of our office, your smile will be transformed.
Schedule a consult to learn more about Lifelike Crowns
Interested in our life-like porcelain crowns? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, today! Call our 60045 dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment and discuss whether porcelain crowns are right for you. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs of Chicago.