There are several important benefits to restoring a damaged, decayed, or severely blemished tooth with a custom-designed dental crown. A crown can even be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a lost tooth. When used in restoration, a crown caps the tooth. It helps to prevent further damage and decay while restoring the tooth’s ability to function as part of your bite. Dental crowns made from porcelain offer some additional benefits for both your smile’s appearance and your overall oral health. Porcelain can mimic your teeth’s enamel, matching the unique color, shade, and ability to reflect light. Depending on where in your smile, a crown is need, porcelain may be combined with other materials to create a strong yet attractive crown.
The enamel on your teeth is a very similar material to the ceramic porcelain used for dental creations. Porcelain is used in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In cosmetic dentistry, wafer-thin shells can be made of ceramic to be placed on the front surfaces of one or more teeth, which is known as porcelain veneers. Veneers can give a full smile makeover to your teeth. The same cosmetic benefits applies to dental crowns made from ceramic. For teeth in the front of the mouth, a ceramic crown can provide enough strength while also restoring the smile’s appearance. If a tooth farther back in your mouth that does heavy chewing needs restoration, a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown can be used. Other options like zirconia or metal are also available as materials for crown construction.
Porcelain is also a highly bio-compatible material, which means it is compatible to your mouth’s ecosystem. Bio-compatibilty leads to the successful integration of a restoration into the rest of your smile. Restoring a vulnerable tooth or replacing a missing one can help protect your mouth’s health.
Dr. Carmona can help determine which type of crown is the best for your smile. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.