If a tooth is broken or showing signs of fragility, a crown will be used to “cap” the tooth. This will not only protect the tooth and prevent further damage, but also restore its vibrant appearance. The final crown looks completely natural and healthy, and when done right by a cosmetic dentist, will be very difficult to tell from a regular tooth.
In the past, crowns were placed using a metal foundation also known as porcelain fused to metal.
This was done to strengthen the porcelain and to reduce stress cracks that could occur. These types of crowns have a dark line at the gumline. While the dentist may be able to hide this line at first under the gumline, over time as the gum naturally recedes, the line will show. Sometimes this line shows right away but over time it will eventually be seen. Also, the opaquer used to cover the metal is not translucent and simply cannot look as lifelike as a natural tooth.
Today, crowns can be made of all porcelain.
They are stronger because they can be bonded directly to your natural tooth. All porcelain is also more natural looking with no metal foundation, preserving the natural translucence of your teeth. When placed by a cosmetic dentist who is artistic and properly trained in bonding techniques, the resulting crown will blend perfectly with your natural teeth.
Porcelain Crown Advantages
- They are durable and strong.
- They maintain the translucency of your natural teeth allowing light to pass through them.
- There is no metal framework, so you don’t have to worry about metal sensitivities, allergies or a darkened gum-line.
- New zirconia ceramics are available as well. They are not quite as strong as porcelain fused to metal, but close.
- When placed by a skilled cosmetic dentist the final result will blend in perfect harmony with the natural look of your teeth.
If you have a damaged tooth, an existing crown you would like to have replaced, or questions about how best to create a vibrant healthy look with crowns, please contact our office to schedule a comprehensive examination. If you are not ready to commit to an examination, you can schedule a complimentary consultation to visit the office and meet Dr. Sirin and his friendly staff.