When Is a Porcelain Crown the Answer?
Most patients prefer a seamless smile restoration, whenever possible. Fortunately modern dentistry offers a number of treatments that fit that bill, including tooth-colored fillings for treating minor cavities, and porcelain dental crowns for more extensive damage.
Because porcelain can be crafted to closely match natural teeth, a person’s crown should blend nearly seamlessly with his or her natural smile. Thus, a porcelain crown can provide protection to a damaged tooth, while still instilling confidence in the wearer!
Plus, many patients find porcelain crowns more comfortable than metal crowns, since porcelain is less conductive.
It’s important to note that there are still cases when a metal crown may be recommended, particularly when treating back teeth that are not as visible. Molars, in particular, bear the pressure of much of a person’s chewing, so it is important to select a strong option for restorative work there.
However, for many patients ceramic crowns make an ideal option for treatment, after a deep cavity, root canal treatment, trauma causing a chip or crack, or another dental issue that has left a tooth damaged or weak.