When a front tooth is damaged, injured, or decayed, a porcelain crown is a great option for restoring it. The crowns are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Some porcelain crowns have a layer of gold or other metal underneath to provide additional structural support.
What Porcelain Crowns Are Made From
Porcelain crowns are made from a special blend of ceramic material. This substance can be shaped in a thin shell configuration that can slip over the front of your tooth. Because the porcelain is thin, only a small amount of your natural tooth structure needs to be removed in order to accommodate the crown.
When a Porcelain Crown Is Used
A porcelain crown is typically used on a front tooth. You may need to have a crown placed on a tooth due to severe discoloration or an unusual shape. If your front tooth was injured from a hit to your face or an accident, a crown can restore its structure. Your front tooth may also need a crown if it is severely decayed and unable to support a composite filling.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns can be blended into the natural color of your teeth. They look so natural that nobody will notice that your front tooth has a crown on it. They do not reflect light or show differently, so you can smile or have your photo taken with confidence. The porcelain-based material also helps to insulate your teeth from very hot or cold foods and drinks. If you have an allergy to certain metals, a porcelain crown will not trigger an allergic reaction.
Call Kesteven Dental Care Studio today to learn more about porcelain crowns and find out if these restorations are right for your dental health.