Have you been suffering in silence with a pesky cavity? Did you chip a tooth during your last lunchtime game of racquetball? Maybe you have an outdated crown that needs replacement, or you’re just sick of seeing an unsightly metal crown every time you smile? Whatever your reason for seeking restorative treatment, now is a great time to talk to your dentist about the benefits of more esthetically-pleasing alternatives to metal. Porcelain crowns are great options that can protect your smile, while also making it look better!
Determine Which Treatment Is Right for You
While metal crowns once seemed the only affordable way to cope with dental issues like infections or severe cavities, modern restorative dentistry provides more seamless alternatives in the form of porcelain crowns.
- Porcelain crowns can be effective as both forms of restoration and esthetic improvement. That’s because they are both strong and durable. They’re also highly customizable, which allows for a crown to be carefully crafted to blend nearly seamlessly with your other teeth, so that even after treatment, people will see you and your smile, not your restorative work.
- Crowns are used to protect fragile teeth from further decay, infection, and other worsening conditions. That is why they are often recommended after a cavity, a chip, crack, or even root canal therapy.
- Of course, there are times when traditional metal amalgam dental treatment is still advisable. (That is, of course, if you have no metal allergies.) Back molars receive a lot of wear, for instance, so if you need treatment on one of your back molars the dentist may advise either a metal crown or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.