Porcelain Crown Benefits

Dec 20, 2013 @ 07:51 AM — by Lauren Shanard

Williston Porcelain CrownsIf you are in need of dental work, you have a range of options - and while some are purely functional, others have aesthetic benefits as well. At Contemporary Dental Arts, PC, Dr. Lauren J. Shanard offers porcelain crowns to patients at the Williston practice. But what are the benefits of porcelain crowns?

What Is the Purpose of a Porcelain Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that completely encases a tooth or dental implant, permanently bonded to the root with dental cement. Crowns have been made of several materials over time, including cast metals such as gold, silver, tin, and platinum. In recent years, porcelain crowns have become increasingly common as a solution for a variety of dental issues.

A porcelain crown can be used to correct a number of dental flaws, including large cavities requiring root canals, teeth that are cracked or broken from accidents or injuries, or teeth that are altogether missing. Dental crowns can also correct aesthetic issues such as discolored or unevenly shaped teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?

Even today, metal crowns are still a common option at the dentist’s office - and in many cases they are a solid and viable option at that. Still, there are several very visible benefits to choosing porcelain crowns over traditional metal alloy crowns:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics - Smooth and tooth colored, porcelain crowns achieve a much more natural look than traditional metal crowns. Porcelain crowns blend in and are virtually imperceptible compared to your natural teeth. This can be an especially important point for patients in need of dental work toward the front of their mouth where the crown would be highly visible.
  • A More Natural Feel - There is more to cosmetic dentistry than just visual aesthetics - it is also a goal to produce teeth that feel as natural as they look. With today’s technology, porcelain crowns can be custom designed to fit with the look and shape of your natural teeth - the feel and durability of porcelain is also very similar to that of natural teeth. The end result is a crown that blends in perfectly with the rest of your teeth on all counts. 
  • Strength and Durability - It can be hard to think of any material as strong as metal. But porcelain dental crowns are nearly as strong as natural tooth enamel, and can stand up to years of wear and tear. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are often used to correct aesthetic issues on the surface of the teeth, porcelain crowns are strong and sturdy enough to hold together broken teeth or to stand in for missing teeth when paired with a dental bridge or permanent dental implant.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today

If you are living with severe dental issues, a dental crown can restore your mouth to the functionality that you need for everyday life. But a cosmetic dentist knows that a porcelain crown can restore not just your functionality, but your aesthetic dental beauty and confidence as well. Call 802-878-9888 to contact the aesthetic dentistry office of Lauren J. Shanard, DDS, at Contemporary Dental Arts, PC, and schedule a consultation to learn more about porcelain dental crowns today.

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