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The Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns

Craig Goldin DDS May 12, 2014

The Benefits of Porcelain Dental CrownsThere are many different treatment options to consider if you have suffered from major tooth decay or tooth damage. One of the most common options to consider for extreme cases is a dental crown. Many times dentists strive to combine restorative and cosmetic dentistry to enhance dental health as well as smile aesthetics. Such is the case with porcelain crowns.

Let's take a moment right now to consider the nature of porcelain dental crowns and how they can be of great benefit to you and your needs.

The Purpose of Dental Crowns

Some basics about dental crowns first so you understand what they can do for you. Dental crowns are restorations that are used for major decay and tooth injury. They are an ideal choice for cases in which dental fillings, inlays, or onlays are not a viable option. When in place, a dental crown helps restore the strength and stability of tooth, allowing for restored function while biting and chewing as well as reduced pain.

The Composition of Porcelain Dental Crowns

The dental crowns of the past were made of soft but durable metals. Porcelain dental crowns, by contrast, are made of tooth-colored ceramic material. This means that they look more like your natural teeth, allowing for the combination of cosmetic and restorative care.

Exceptional Aesthetic Results Thanks to Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain dental crowns blend in seamlessly with your smile, allowing you to laugh and smile without feeling self-conscious about your appearance. It's because of these excellent aesthetic results that porcelain dental crowns are often used for the front and most prominent teeth.

Excellent Durability with Porcelain Crowns

Even though the porcelain dental crowns are made from ceramic materials, they are able to withstand a good deal of regular wear and tear. This means patients can eat their favorite foods without worrying about major damage affecting their tooth-colored restoration.

Alternatives to Porcelain Dental Crowns

While there are many advantages to getting porcelain dental crowns, there are a number of instances in which having porcelain crowns may not be the ideal option.

For the molars and pre-molars, for instance, it may be a better idea to get traditional metal dental crowns placed instead. These kinds of dental crowns are ideal for gnashing and chewing motions of the less visible teeth. Given their position in the mouth, the metal crowns will be less noticeable.

Another alternative that may be helpful is a dental crown that is porcelain-fused-to-metal. These kinds of crowns have a solid metal core that is plated over with dental porcelain. These kinds of crowns are aesthetically pleasing and yet very durable as well.

Customizing Your Treatment Plan to Your Needs

During your visit to our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your options for restorative care so that you receive the best possible dental treatment. We will work closely with you so that you are well-informed about all of your treatment options and are able to make the best possible decisions about your dental health and wellness.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they can be used to restore the health and beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our Troy, MI cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our dental care team will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and help you achieve excellent dental health and total wellness through state-of-the-art care.

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