If your tooth has been seriously damaged by wear, decay, or trauma, it may no longer be able to support itself. It may be infected. It may be broken. It may be endangering not just itself but other teeth as well. But porcelain crowns can change all that. A dental crown completely covers the visible portion of the tooth, restoring strength and turning a failing tooth into a functioning tooth. With recent advances in material science, we now have all-porcelain crowns that can do all this beautifully—there’s no need to have metal in your smile.
If you are in the Orlando area and would like to learn whether porcelain crowns are right for you, please call (407) 834-6446 or email our cosmetic dentistry office in Altamonte Springs.
A porcelain crown is like a sheath that is slipped over your tooth, giving it a completely new visible surface. They are used when you have a tooth that is in danger of failing or needs additional support. Common reasons why crowns are employed include:
- Tooth damaged by decay
- Failure of a large filling
- Tooth worn down
- Infected tooth that requires a root canal
- Support a dental bridge
- Placement atop a dental implant
- Cosmetic change when a porcelain veneer isn’t adequate
Porcelain crowns lend their strength to the treated tooth. Where the tooth was weakened, the crown is strong, and it’s resistant to both decay and to staining, so it helps the tooth look more attractive for many years.
A tooth that is in need of a crown might be in imminent danger of loss, but when it is restored with the crown, it can be restored to full function and can last for decades. In many cases, a tooth that is in danger is better restored with a dental crown than replaced with a dental implant. It can last just as long or longer, and preserves the option of a dental implant in the future.
Ready for the Toughest Applications
In the past, only metal crowns could be used in many places. Wherever your bite force was high, such as over your molars—the large, square teeth at the back of your mouth—dentists had to use metal crowns.
But not anymore. Advanced ceramic crowns are now suitable for use in virtually any situation, even ones where they will be subjected to high bite forces. Even if you need a crown on a molar, there’s no reason why you can’t still have a beautiful smile.
In most of these cases, the porcelain crown is intended to protect and support the tooth where it is placed. However, in the case of a dental bridge, the crown supports a replacement for an adjacent tooth. Typically, two dental crowns are attached to a false tooth. The dental crowns slip over the teeth on either side of the gap where the replacement tooth goes, and these teeth support the replacement tooth.
A dental bridge is a good tooth replacement option. It is long-lasting, fully attached in your mouth, allowing you to eat all the foods you enjoyed before without worrying about the false tooth coming out. Modern dental bridges don’t have wires or other visible attachments—they are nearly impossible to pick out.
A dental bridge isn’t quite as good of a replacement as a dental implant, though. Dental bridges don’t support the jawbone and gums under the replacement tooth. They also don’t last as long as dental implants. They put additional force on the teeth around the gap, which, along with the modification of the teeth, can put them at risk for failure.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits and limits of dental crowns and dental bridges in the Orlando area, please contact Orlando cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock online or call (407) 834-6446 today.