There are plenty of ways that a smile can be enhanced and restored, no matter what dental problem a person may be suffering from. One of the great things about many advances in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, though, is that many treatments now keep aesthetics in mind when it comes to restoring the health and functionality of the smile.
We'd like to take a few moments right now to go over some of the basics where porcelain crowns are concerned and the benefits that they can provide for patients.
About Dental Crowns
It might be best to first start with a discussion about dental crowns in general. Dental crowns are caps that are used to cover a tooth that has been seriously damaged or decayed. A restorative dentistry treatment, dental crowns will be able to replace lost tooth structure and allow the tooth to be functional again. It also prevents patients from experiencing undue pain or discomfort as a result of tooth decay, damage, or injury.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Crowns
The best candidates for dental crowns are people who have experienced serious tooth damage or tooth decay and are unable to be treated using dental fillings, inlays, or onlays.
The Difference That Porcelain Dental Crowns Make
One material that dental crowns can be made of is dental porcelain. These ceramic dental crowns are the same color as your natural teeth, meaning that they blend in seamlessly with a person's smile. During your visit to our general dental care practice, we will check to ensure that porcelain crowns will work for you.
Are porcelain dental crowns right for me?
That depends on a number of factors that your cosmetic and restorative dentist will carefully weigh. Porcelain crowns are aesthetically appealing, which makes them ideal for the front teeth. Now that said, dental health professionals do need to note the teeth on the opposite dental arch and the effects of wear and tear on the porcelain crown as well as the natural teeth. Sometimes an alternative will be a better option to consider.
Other Kinds of Dental Crowns
In addition to porcelain dental crowns, there are two other kinds of dental crowns that may prove helpful to patients:
- Metal dental crowns - These metal dental crowns are made from a soft alloy that allows for effective restoration as well as full and proper functionality.
- Porcelain over metal dental crowns - These dental crowns have a metal core that is covered in a layer of dental porcelain for aesthetically appealing appearance.
In most cases, the metal crowns are ideal for the back teeth since they'll stay out of view. The porcelain on metal dental crowns can be used on the front or back teeth and are often the best alternative to porcelain crowns. We can go over these matters in more detail when you stop by for a visit.
Learn More About All of Your Options for Advanced Dental Care
For more information about porcelain crowns and your many other options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Fort Worth dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental care results.