A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A porcelain crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
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- Natural Looking: Crowns can be made of stainless steel, gold, resin or ceramic, but porcelain is semi-translucent and looks and feels the most like real teeth.
- Color Matched: One of the biggest advantages of porcelain is its ability to be customized into any shape, texture, or color.
- Durable: Dental porcelain is incredibly strong and known to last up to 15 years.
- Protective: A porcelain crown helps protect a damaged tooth from further damage or decay, preserving the healthy part of the tooth within. It may also help reduce sensitivity.
- Low Maintenance: Unlike with other materials, no special maintenance is needed. Good brushing and flossing habits will keep your dental crown looking new.
- Stain Resistant: Porcelain is resistant to stains, so you can keep enjoying your favorite foods and drinks.
- Safe: Complications from porcelain crowns are minimal. Risks include tooth discomfort or sensitivity immediately after the procedure, a chipped or loose crown, or an allergic reaction to the dental materials (extremely rare).
- Comfortable: Because porcelain can be molded to any size and shape, most patients don’t even feel like they’re wearing a crown.
- Functional: Your custom-made crown will cover the damaged tooth and will fit perfectly with your other teeth, allowing you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.
- Beautiful: In addition to improving tooth function, a porcelain crown hides unpleasant defects, giving you a flawless restoration.