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Do I Need a Porcelain Crown?

Few examples of cosmetic or restorative dentistry are as versatile as the dental crown. These popular restorations are applied to protect and restore proper function to vulnerable teeth. At True Dentistry, dental crowns are crafted from a beautiful, durable porcelain material that can provide long-lasting support, and they ultimately play an irreplaceable role in several different types of procedures. In addition to both functional and oral health benefits, dental crowns can also serve to conceal a variety of aesthetic imperfections while simultaneously bringing out the beauty in your smile. Porcelain crowns improve the dental health of countless patients every day!

With all of that in mind, is a porcelain crown the right treatment option for your needs? At True Dentistry, part of our job – in addition to providing you with top-quality dental care – is to keep you informed about the many treatments we offer at our practice. Our experienced dentists would be glad to examine you and recommend an ideal procedure during your initial consultation. In the meantime, the following information can give you more insight into dental crowns and the many benefits they offer.

You may be best suited for porcelain crowns if your teeth are:

  • Severely damaged or broken
  • Weakened due to trauma, decay, or advanced periodontal disease
  • Severely cracked or chipped
  • Uneven, too short, or “worn down” 

When teeth plagued by these concerns are not properly treated, they can negatively affect the entire mouth, making everyday activities such as chewing and speaking needlessly difficult. They can also dramatically increase the chances of developing even more serious dental health concerns, or infections that can raise risks to general health, as well. Thankfully, our high-quality dental crowns can address concerns affecting a single tooth, or they can be included in larger procedures or restorations, such as dental implants or dental bridges. They are also routinely utilized as the final step in root canal treatments, providing the tooth with structural reinforcement and greater protection from further deterioration. Alternatively, if you have less severely decayed or damaged teeth, a simple filling, a porcelain veneer, or another option may be recommended.

At this point, you may be wondering, “What if my dental concerns are less functional and more aesthetic?” Even though porcelain crowns have a natural shine and are very aesthetically-pleasing, patients whose concerns are solely cosmetic may be better candidates for porcelain veneers, depending on the specific conditions affecting their teeth. Compared with dental crowns, these thin, durable restorations are designed to cover only the most visible part of the tooth rather than the entire tooth, and can be ideal solutions for chips, gaps, deep stains, or even mild cases of misalignment. Just like our dental crowns, porcelain veneers are custom-designed to provide an excellent fit and a virtually seamless match with the shade of surrounding teeth. 

The ideal way to determine whether a dental crown is right for your needs is to have one of our dentists evaluate your teeth and talk with you about the best available options. If you have questions, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!