You may have a tooth that you can’t stand the sight of, or a tooth that’s causing you some serious discomfort, but you put off going to the dentist because you want to avoid a major repair. Here’s the reality: If you have a problem tooth, it won’t get better on its own. If you have an ugly tooth, it’ll stay that way unless you do something about it. Porcelain tooth crowns can save the day in both situations.
1. Porcelain crowns cover the unsightly stuff.
If you have an unsightly tooth – you know the one – you want it to go away. It’s ruining your smile and making you self-conscious. Porcelain crowns are designed to conceal problems and give you a complete tooth. They are designed to blend in with your natural teeth and look like just another tooth in your mouth.
2. Crowns make your teeth stronger.
Some people have weak tooth enamel. It’s in your DNA and there isn’t anything you can do to prevent the problem (though taking good care of your teeth at home and seeing your dentist regularly certainly helps your case).
Even with the most diligent oral health care, weak enamel makes you more susceptible to decay, cracks, chips, and other problems. A crown protects your tooth, so your natural enamel doesn’t have to do all the work, making your tooth stronger and more durable to all the stresses it endures.
3. Porcelain tooth crowns pair well with other dental restorations.
Crowns work alone and they also work in tandem with other restorative dentistry solutions. If you have deep decay to the point that you’ve developed a tooth infection, you may need root canal therapy to correct the problem. After the root canal, your tooth is free of pain and decay, but now you need to cover that area to ensure that nothing else is permitted in – and the covering is done with a customized porcelain crowns.
Crowns also secure dental bridges, serving as the integral anchors on either side of a bridge to hold it in place. A bridge fills a hole in a smile left by missing teeth and crowns do the important work of tying it all together.
4. Crowns are available in different materials.
All tooth crowns are designed to improve the functionality, strength, and appearance of your teeth, and they come in several different forms. Your NYC dentist will recommend the best material for your unique oral health needs, but you can expect to learn about all-porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, metal crowns, and ceramic zirconia crowns.
Find Out Whether a Porcelain Tooth Crown Is Right for You
There are other cosmetic dentistry solutions that offer the same benefits and build up a broken-down tooth, like cosmetic tooth bonding, inlays and onlays, or tooth-colored fillings. Your Midtown dentist will help you figure out the best option for your unique repair depending on your problem, budget, and level of dental anxiety.
Find out how porcelain crowns can help you and your smile. Make an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his restorative dentistry practice on Madison Avenue.