Porcelain Crown Candidates
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
If you have been told that you need a crown, you may have worried that you’d be stuck with a noticeable, metal crown. Fortunately, with the advancements in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we can now offer porcelain crowns as part of our dentistry services at Radiance Dentistry. Most patients in need of a crown are porcelain crown candidates. To find out for sure, our team at our Irving, TX office will evaluate your tooth and overall health. If you qualify, we can prepare your tooth and take impressions during your first visit, and then place your custom-made porcelain crown during your return visit.
Almost all patients in need of a dental crown are good candidates for porcelain crowns. You are a likely candidate for a dental crown if you have any of the following conditions.
- A cavity too large for a filling to adequately repair
- Broken, cracked, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth
- The need to replace a large silver amalgam filling
- A tooth that was recently treated with root canal therapy
- A missing tooth replaced with a dental implant
Porcelain crowns can also serve cosmetic purposes. They are an excellent alternative to cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers when the teeth require additional strength and support.
In general, the ideal patient has healthy gum tissue free of disease. In some cases, we must not only reshape the tooth itself, but the gums around the tooth as well to ensure a secure fit. Porcelain crown candidates must also commit to healthy oral hygiene habits. As with natural teeth, porcelain can crack and break under too much pressure.
We advise patients against chewing on hard objects like ice cubes, which can damage porcelain crowns and your natural teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, or nightly teeth grinding, we may also recommend a custom night guard. This guard will fit snugly over your teeth and protect them from damage caused by repeated grinding.
Porcelain crowns offer many benefits for your health and the aesthetics of your smile. These crowns are custom-made to fit over your tooth and blend in with your surrounding teeth. This enhances your comfort level, because the crown will not adversely affect your bite and you maintain the appearance of your smile. Porcelain crowns are also durable; they can last a decade or more with proper care.
One of the benefits patients enjoy most with porcelain crowns is that they don’t stand out in contrast to surrounding teeth. We carefully select a shade of porcelain that closely matches the adjacent teeth. This makes the crowned tooth virtually undetectable from the rest of your natural teeth. With porcelain crowns, you can smile and laugh with confidence.
Whether your tooth is damaged or decayed, or you have a missing tooth, a porcelain crown can offer the support you need without compromising the appearance of your smile. To find out if you qualify for a porcelain crown, contact our dental office today.