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The Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns

By Ryan C. Maher DMD, FICOI on September 03, 2017

Porcelain crownsAt Perfect Smiles, our dental services run the gamut from advanced dental restorations to beautifully executed cosmetic procedures. In every case, we employ innovative materials for the strongest and most lifelike results possible. Porcelain crowns are one of our most important offerings, and they can perform both cosmetic and restorative functions. While traditional crowns are equally versatile, they are made from metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal. These materials are not nearly as lifelike as porcelain, nor are they as structurally sound. Therefore, when you visit our Totowa, NJ, practice for a crown, you will leave with a truly stunning restoration that blends nicely with the rest of your smile. 

Porcelain Crowns Have a Wide Range of Applications

Crowns go all the way over damaged or irregular teeth. Therefore, they are sometimes referred to as “caps.” Because of their larger size, they can address numerous concerns, even repairing severely damaged teeth. For instance, Dr. Maher or Dr. Olechowski may recommend a crown to address:

  • A decayed tooth with a cavity that is too large for a simple filling
  • An infected tooth (as the last step of root canal therapy)
  • An irregularly shaped tooth
  • A seriously discolored tooth, particularly if it has internal stains, which are unresponsive to teeth whitening
  • A worn or proportionately small tooth
  • A cracked tooth, as long as the crack has not reached the roots
  • Missing teeth, as crowns can hold up a dental bridge or top permanent dental implants

The Cosmetic Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

All crowns, including those made from metal, can achieve the functions listed above. At the same time, the beautiful look of porcelain crowns is one of its greatest advantages. Porcelain comes in a wide variety of colors. Accordingly, your dentist can find one that matches the general look of your smile.

It is true that porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look realistic at first. Nonetheless, after several years, the underlying metal structure may start to show through. Eventually, your tooth may have an unnatural gray tint. Furthermore, dental porcelain is slightly translucent and interplays with light much like natural enamel. Thus, your crown will sparkle and shine just like the nearby teeth.

The Structural Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

The cosmetic benefits of porcelain are the most obvious. Even so, the functional benefits are equally important - if not more so. Thanks to recent improvements, today’s porcelain is nearly as strong as metal. At the same time, it usually allows for more conservative treatment since your dentist will need to remove less tissue to place the restoration. In many cases, porcelain will also bond to your tooth more securely than metal. Finally, metal will expand and contract in response to heat and cold. This process may eventually weaken your restoration and cause it to crack. In contrast, porcelain is a stable material that will not change size with temperature variations.

Contact Perfect Smiles Today

If you are looking for expert dental treatment and restorations made with top-quality materials, you have come to the right place. Contact our office online today to learn more about our crowns and to schedule your consultation.

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