Dental Porcelain Crowns in Southgate, MI
What Are Dental Porcelain Crowns?
Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental Porcelain Crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability and tooth stability. Your dentist will usually be able to spot problem areas in your mouth that might lead to tooth damage and a need for crowns. By selectively grinding the tips of your middle and back teeth (called cusps), your bite can be altered to reduce the stress on at-risk teeth.
How Are Porcelain Crowns Attached To Your Teeth?
Your dentist will make an impression of the tooth and a dental laboratory will create the crown within three weeks. You will typically leave the office with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made. The permanent crown is then cemented onto your tooth. Typically, only two visits are required for this part of the procedure. Often, a preliminary restoration of your tooth may be needed before a crown can be placed. To stabilize your tooth, a filling must first be put in place prior to placing a crown due to the loss of original tooth structure.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Dental Porcelain Crowns?
Advantage: Porcelain crowns of new reinforced resin are considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing, as it is so easily matched in color to the surrounding teeth.
Disadvantage: The thickness of the porcelain required for pleasing aesthetics also requires that more tooth structure be removed. It is sometimes difficult for your dentist to get an ideal fit where you gum meets the crown. Gingival inflammation appears to be more common with porcelain crowns than with gold crowns. All-porcelain crowns require a higher level of skill from your dentist and lab.
Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crowns:
Advantage: Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns have a very natural appearance.
Disadvantage: They have a metal substructure and require an opaque below the porcelain. This can make the translucency of natural teeth difficult to replicate. A dark line may become visible at the edge of the crown where it meets the gum if your gums recede with age.