Understanding Porcelain Crowns and Their Benefits

Porcelain crowns offer a natural-looking solution to restore the appearance of your teeth. Unlike metal-based crowns, they prioritize aesthetics and closely resemble your existing teeth. This is especially important if you need a crown for your front teeth.

The Importance of Dental Crowns

Patients experiencing tooth decay or dental trauma may require a dental crown to protect and repair affected teeth. Porcelain crowns are especially beneficial if you:

  • Recently suffered a tooth injury
  • Need an anchor for a dental bridge
  • Want to enhance your smile by reshaping a crooked tooth
  • Need to replace a loose or missing large filling
  • Require protection for a tooth after a root canal procedure

Essentially, porcelain crowns serve the same purpose as metal-based crowns, providing a durable, long-lasting replacement for natural teeth.

The Process of Porcelain Crown Treatment

Typically, porcelain crown treatment involves two appointments. During the first visit, your tooth is prepared for the crown by removing any weak parts and taking impressions for a temporary crown. The second visit, usually two weeks later, involves removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made porcelain crown.

Understanding Porcelain Jacket Crowns

Porcelain jacket crowns cover the entire surface of affected teeth, protecting them from decay or further damage. Unlike veneers, which are bonded to the front of teeth and approximately 1mm thick, jacket crowns cover the entire tooth. Jacket crowns are particularly suitable for anterior teeth.

Comparing Metal and Porcelain Crowns

Metal crowns, made from cobalt-chromium, nickel-chromium, and other metal-based alloys, are known for their durability. They are less likely to wear down or become damaged over time compared to porcelain crowns. Metal crowns are commonly used for posterior teeth since they are not visible.

Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, mimic the natural appearance of teeth and come in two forms: all-ceramic or all-porcelain. Both options can be used for posterior and front teeth and are suitable for patients with metal allergies.

Choosing Between Implants and Crowns

The decision between implants and crowns depends on your tooth’s condition and your dentist’s advice. Dental implants act as artificial roots, providing a foundation for a dental crown. While a crown can replace part of a damaged tooth, it cannot replace a full tooth without an implant.

Before and After Pictures of Porcelain Crown Application

Below are some visual examples of before and after porcelain crown procedures:

Understanding Porcelain Crowns and Their Benefits

Safety of Porcelain Crowns

Both the procedure and materials used for porcelain crowns are safe and FDA-approved. Although there are risks and potential complications with any dental treatment, porcelain crown procedures are routine, and our experienced staff ensures a safe and comfortable experience.

Book Your Appointment for a Porcelain Crown

If you have a persistent tooth problem, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a dentist. Early intervention can prevent extensive treatment in the future. Our team will determine whether you require a dental crown and help you choose the most suitable material for your needs.

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What are PFM crowns?

PFM crowns, short for “porcelain-fused-to-metal,” combine the durability of metal crowns with the aesthetic advantages of porcelain crowns.

Will my dental insurance cover porcelain crown treatment?

Coverage for porcelain crown treatment depends on your dental insurance plan, as each plan differs. However, our clinic offers discounts through our practice plan, and we provide a five-year guarantee on all-ceramic restorations. Contact our team to learn more about the discounts available.

How much do porcelain crowns cost?

The cost of porcelain crown treatment varies based on your specific requirements. Factors such as the extent of tooth damage and the number of crowns needed determine the price. Visit our fees page on the Hove Dental Clinic website for detailed pricing information.

Are there any common problems associated with porcelain crowns?

Porcelain crowns are designed to last between 5 to 20 years. However, they are not as durable as metal or PFM crowns. By following a regular dental hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks, you can maintain the longevity of your porcelain crown.

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