Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
The concept behind a crown is beautifully simple. For those who have a damaged or misshapen tooth, crowns are a great option to make an aesthetic improvement without dramatically invasive treatment. The crown is simply placed over the top of the existing tooth, like a cap, and then secured in place. When done properly by an experienced dentist, the addition of a crown can restore your smile to its previous glory.
Porcelain is a great material to use for a crown thanks to its tremendous strength. You obviously want your crown to be strong, so it can hold up over the long run while providing you with great performance. You also want it to look great, which is something that can be achieved when porcelain is used. With this article, we are going to take a look at some of the many benefits associated with the choice of a porcelain crown1.
Value Your Smile
One of the compelling reasons to consider porcelain crowns is the excellent look they offer once put in place. If part of your motivation for having a crown put on one of your teeth is to improve the look of your smile, you will almost certainly want to go in this direction. Porcelain crowns can be nicely matched to the color of your natural teeth, meaning others are unlikely to notice that you have had any work done at all.
And don’t worry – your teeth don’t need to be any particular shade in order to match up with porcelain, as your crown will be produced specifically to match with the color of your teeth. This is one of the most important parts of the process, along with making sure that the crown you receive is a perfect fit for the tooth it will be covering. Once your crown is produced, it will be a great match for your mouth both in terms of color and shape, and the only thing left to be done will be to secure it in place.
Compared to other options, there is relatively little abrasion caused by porcelain crowns, meaning your nearby teeth will not be as negatively impacted as they could be otherwise. You want to avoid doing damage to neighboring teeth, obviously, as doing so is going to degrade their condition over time. With a porcelain crown, there should be very little damage to the surrounding teeth, helping them to stay healthy and strong over the long run.
Avoid Unsightly Stains
If part of your motivation in getting a crown is to improve your smile, it only makes sense that you will want to keep that crown looking great for as long as possible. Fortunately, porcelain is a stain-resistant material, so you should be able to eat and drink just about whatever you like without staining problems. This is obviously an issue which is frequently associated with coffee consumption, so those who like to drink a hot cup each morning will appreciate being able to avoid stains.
Built to Last
You don’t want to head right back in for another crown just a year or two after having your first one placed, which is another reason porcelain is such a popular and effective choice. This is a durable product and you may be able to get as many as 15 years out of your crown. Knowing that you have such a tough and durable crown in place, you should feel free to live your life without worrying about this piece of dental work.
The idea here, at the end of the day, is to restore the situation in your mouth to what it was before your tooth became damaged. That means recovering your ability to chew the foods you like to eat, as well as improving your ability to speak clearly (if that has been impacted by the damage to your tooth). As you might guess, porcelain crowns can help you on both of these fronts.
With ample strength, your chewing ability should be back to normal with a porcelain crown covering the affected tooth. Additionally, with the tooth structure shaped correctly to fit in with the rest of your teeth, you should now be able to speak as you did previously. That alone would be a big relief, as the inability to speak clearly can adversely affect your life both personally and professionally.
Don’t Do a Thing
he last thing you need to do is add another daily chore to your list of things to get done. With a porcelain crown, you don’t have to do anything special in order to maintain it as the days, weeks, and months go by. As long as you are practicing proper oral hygiene – which you should be doing anyway – you should be in good shape to get excellent performance from your crown.
Avoid Further Problems
Most of the focus will probably be on the performance and aesthetic benefits of a porcelain crown should you decide to go in this direction. Those are the main selling points, to be sure, but there is a protective element to keep in mind here as well. With the crown in place over a tooth that has already suffered some damage or decay, you won’t have to worry about the condition of that tooth degrading any further. The crown will act as a protective layer, keeping what is left of the tooth protected from any more damage that might have otherwise come it's way. Also, if you have been experiencing pain due to sensitivity in that tooth, those sensations may be reduced.
Do you think porcelain crowns might be a good option for your dental needs? If you are curious about this or other treatment options, please give us a call at Spokane Dental for assistance. We will be happy to answer any of your questions, and we can help you schedule an appointment2 to see the dentist in person. Thank you for considering Spokane Dental and we are excited to serve you!