Porcelain crowns are a form of dental porcelain that thanks to modern science now can be made to look just like natural teeth. A porcelain crown is both tough and resilient. The choice of a porcelain dental crown can be for either completely cosmetic reasons or because they have become a dental necessity. A crown made from porcelain can be used to recreate an entire tooth as it forms the outside of the tooth all the way down to the gum. In so doing, the crown can also be formed to present a more pleasing tooth aesthetically than the original tooth.
Is a porcelain crown right for you?
A visit to your Cosmetic Dentist Austin, will help you determine if a porcelain crown will work for you. The professional dentist will be able to tell if the there is tooth decay, or trauma or erosion of enamel, that requires the use of a porcelain crown. Porcelain crowns are sometimes used with people who grind their teeth which is known as bruxism, which can lead to a breakdown in the dental structure of the teeth.
The difference between porcelain veneer and porcelain crowns
A porcelain veneer is usually used strictly for cosmetic appeal to cover up a flawed looking tooth. Crowns are thicker and very durable and cover the entire tooth to the gum line. Both crowns and veneers are attached in the mouth similarly, with a special light sensitive resin, which is located between the crown and remaining tooth. A curing light hardens the resin. Your dentist Austin might also recommend a partial crown which is also called an onlay which is a form of dental restoration that goes over a cusp. Similar in nature is an inlay where the restoration is placed within the cusp like a filling.
Some disadvantages to porcelain crowns
There are some downsides to porcelain crowns including the length of time involved in making the crown. Most porcelain crowns will need to be created in the dental lab, and you will probably be given a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent porcelain crown. A few patients with crowns have reported hot and cold sensitivity. In addition, crowns are not as flexible as the teeth you were born with so it might be necessary to avoid certain foods after you get a porcelain crown. If you are a jaw clencher or night grinder, your dentist will probably recommend a nighttime mouth guard to wear to protect the new crowns.