If you have a damaged, worn, or aesthetically compromised tooth, you may be a good candidate for a dental crown. Crowns are custom-designed restorations that are placed on top of damaged teeth to restore their appearance and functionality. At Boston Prosthodontics, we proudly offer dental crowns made from a variety of advanced materials. Metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal are quite durable. However, we recommend tooth-colored porcelain for the most lifelike appearance. Additionally, this material offers several practical benefits. Therefore, porcelain crowns may be the most effective way to enhance your smile and overall oral health.
What Is a Crown?
Crowns are also called caps because they completely cover a damaged tooth, extending down the sides nearly to the gum line. Your crown will be individually designed from impressions of your tooth. This enables your dentist to preserve the appearance of your smile. He can also maintain your jaw alignment and prevent excessive force on opposing teeth.
To place a crown, your dentist will reshape the tooth. He will remove any decayed areas or damaged material. At the same time, he will make room for the crown and create a strong foundation for the restoration. Then he will take impressions of your tooth, and our in-house lab will create your unique restoration.
Crowns Can Restore Your Bite and Smile
Crowns can greatly enhance your oral health. Their functions include:
- Restoring teeth with cavities that are too large for fillings
- Strengthening weakened teeth
- Repairing cracked teeth
- Building up eroded or proportionately small teeth
- Restoring functionality after root canal therapy
- Topping dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Improving the look of severely stained or misshaped teeth
The Cosmetic Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
Metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations can improve your dental function. However, porcelain restorations offer the most aesthetically pleasing results. Dental porcelain comes in a wide selection of shades. Your dentist and our lab technicians will meticulously match the material to the natural color of your smile. Porcelain-fused-to-metal will also correspond with your natural teeth. However, the metal may eventually start to show through, giving your teeth a gray tint. In comparison, solid porcelain will never change color, offering a lifelike appearance for decades to come.
The Functional Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Along with the noticeable cosmetic benefits, all-porcelain restorations offer some important advantages for your oral health. In many cases, your dentist will not need to remove as much of your tooth structure to place this type of crown. Thus, he can create a strong base for your restoration while still preserving your healthy tooth structure. Additionally, porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations can cause a lot of wear and tear on your nearby teeth. In contrast, all-porcelain crowns are much less abrasive. Therefore, they will not compromise the strength or function of your healthy teeth.
Schedule a Consultation at Boston Prosthodontics
At Boston Prosthodontics, our in-house lab will provide beautifully crafted restorations that are virtually identical to your natural teeth. Contact our office today to learn more about the benefits of all-porcelain crowns and to schedule your first appointment.