A dental crown replaces the entire outside of your tooth. An all-porcelain crown has a very different look to what most patients have seen in older types of crowns. It is a beautiful restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
There used to be a time when all dental crowns were made of unsightly metal. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were a vast improvement. They were tooth-colored, but the metal inside caused some aesthetic problems. Light could not pass through these crowns in the same way as it does through a natural tooth, so these dental crowns had a flat look. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns typically have a dark line at the base near the gum line, too.
All-porcelain crowns look and feel like natural teeth. Porcelain interacts with light in the same way as natural tooth enamel, and we match the color of your crown to the color of the surrounding teeth, so it blends in perfectly with your smile.
Purpose of a Dental Crown
A dental crown protects your tooth and gives it strength. It preserves your natural tooth and tooth root, preventing bone loss and gum shrinkage. Dental crowns can correct many problems, including:
- Weak or brittle tooth
- Fractured tooth
- Broken tooth
- Tooth which has been damaged by a metal filling
- Area of decay too large for a filling
- Tooth where fillings have failed
- Badly discolored tooth which does not respond to whitening
- Tooth which is misshapen
- Very short tooth
- After a root canal
- Anchor for fixed bridge
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns, and whether a porcelain crown is right for you, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, today.