Porcelain Crowns – What Exactly Are They?

What are Porcelain Crowns?

What happens when you need to fix a tooth that is badly broken or decayed? If a filling isn’t right – you may need a crown. Crowns are full coverage restorations. They cover your entire tooth surface that is visible above the gumline. Instead of placing a restoration into the tooth, the crown goes around the tooth.

Porcelain crowns make replacing a tooth a breeze. After you have your implant installed, placing a crown on top of the abutment makes it look lifelike. The process is very simple and gives you a new tooth in no time.

What They Look Like

Porcelain crowns are made of highly durable ceramic. Unlike gold crowns, porcelain crowns are made of tooth-coloured materials. Each crown is custom matched to the patient. The dentist uses a shade guide to record the color of your natural teeth. Then that shade is marked and used to create the new crown. That way, once your crown is installed, it will be as unnoticeable as possible.

Fully porcelain crowns will be made completely of ceramic materials. Some types of porcelain crowns still have a metal base underneath the porcelain. Depending on where your crown is being placed, this could cause an aesthetic concern. Full porcelain crowns will not have any visible metal lines along the margin. They are perfect for restoring teeth in the front of your mouth!

What Porcelain Crowns Are Used For

The purpose of the crown is to protect the weak tooth enamel underneath. As it wraps around the tooth, it distributes biting and chewing pressures. This allows the tooth to continue working normally, without breaking down further.

Crowns are also used over teeth that have been treated with a root canal. Even though an endodontically treated tooth is now free of disease, it is no longer vital. That means the tooth can break down with normal wear. Crowing the root canal tooth lets the tooth keep working normally.

If you haven’t already guessed – crowns are also used on dental implants! When you are replacing one or two missing teeth, the crown is bonded right over the implant root. Porcelain crowns are great for both titanium implants and ceramic implants.


Cost, Care and Maintenance

Taking good care of your porcelain crowns can help them last longer. Surprisingly, porcelain crowns are just about as affordable as other types of crowns. A well cared for porcelain crown can last a decade or longer over your tooth or dental implant.

Some people have concerns about what the porcelain crown will feel or sound like when they bite and chew. Fortunately, your dentist will use a high-grade ceramic that works well for dental purposes. You should not have any problems with uncomfortable sounds.


Call Chrysalis Dental Centres today to find out how a porcelain crown on a dental implant can refresh your smile in no time. 1 888 733-6983