Are you worried that an untreated cavity has led to an infection, or do you already have a root canal scheduled? While patients aren’t always stoked about needing restorative dental treatment, often their biggest concern is simply how their smiles will look after the work is completed. Will they be left with noticeable, and sometimes uncomfortable metal dental crowns? For years metal crowns were the only option, but now many dentists recommend porcelain crowns instead. Not only are they safe for patients with metal allergies and sensitivities, they are also incredibly natural-looking. That allows patients to feel confident even after restorative dental treatment, knowing people will continue to see them, and not their dental work. So if you think you need restorative treatment, there is no need to worry. Instead, keep calm and talk to your dentist about the possibility of a ceramic dental crown.
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.