“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” at least that is what Shakespeare said, and for a long time it seemed he was right. Metal crowns were the primary option in restorative dentistry for many years, but modern advancements have made porcelain crowns a more beautiful, and often more comfortable alternative. Tooth-colored crowns can actually help enhance the appearance of your smile, while also improving your bite. So, if you’re unhappy with your current dental restoration, or know you have a cavity that will soon need treatment and a crown, consider what porcelain could do for you.
Porcelain Crowns Create Beautiful, Durable Restorative Treatments
Metal allergies are just one concern with choosing gold or other metal crowns. They can also conduct heat, making them uncomfortable for some patients, especially those with existing tooth sensitivity. And even in the back of the mouth, metal crowns have a tendency to stand out.
Porcelain, however, makes a great alternative, one that is still strong but much more natural-looking. Because porcelain can be made to match your other teeth’s exact shade and has a similar sheen, the completed restoration should blend so well with the rest of your smile that most people won’t even recognize you’ve had dental work completed.
This is great news, particularly for patients that need a crown at the front of their mouths. But even back molars can sometimes be restored using porcelain, depending on your alignment and if you have a tendency to grind your teeth, etc.
Crowns can be used to protect fragile teeth, either due to decay or a chip or crack. They can also be used to complete smiles after tooth loss, and are often recommended in conjunction with a dental implant or dental bridge.