The purpose of a porcelain crown is to wrap around the tooth and replace damaged or missing tooth enamel. We have many types of porcelain crowns available, and we use them depending on several factors including the strength or appearance of the material. On back teeth, we often use Zirconia crowns that are extremely hard, and are able to hold up to the strong forces that are present in your back teeth. Lithium Disilicate or Feldspathic Porcelain are often used on front teeth where the forces are not as strong, but where we want beautiful teeth. The advantage of porcelain crowns is that they look very natural and can be used to create a beautiful smile. When a tooth is cracked, broken, decayed, or damaged, a porcelain crown can wrap around the outer layer of the tooth and replace the enamel.
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If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, we are more than happy to provide a free consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. Porcelain crowns are a long lasting, great looking option to replace old crowns that do not have the natural appearance that you would like. Every smile is different, so the best way to discuss your options would be through a free consultation. We offer online scheduling through the link below.
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What is a Porcelain Crown
A porcelain crown is a tooth colored material that is used to replace fractured, decayed, or cracked enamel. Tooth enamel is the outer layer of a tooth surface and is a very hard material. It is important to use a dental material that has properties that replicate dental enamel. If a material is chosen that is too weak, the opposing teeth will crack the crown and it will not last as long as we need it to. If a material is chosen that is stronger than natural enamel, the crown can wear away the opposing tooth structure. Dr. Carraway chooses materials that replicate the properties of natural teeth which give his patients a great long term result.