Porcelain tooth crowns are usually associated with broken teeth and root canal therapy. This connection is accurate. However, the job of a porcelain crown is not only to restore smiles, but to beautify them at the same time.
1. Crowns conceal unsightly teeth.
A porcelain crown can be used to cover up what you dislike about your smile. Sometimes, you simply have an ugly tooth that really needs to be covered up, whether it is damaged, stained, too small, or compromised in some way.
Whether a tooth is misshapen or too small, if it stands out from the rest of your teeth – and not in a good way – the solution can be as simple as a customized crown that is designed to look natural and blend in seamlessly with your smile.
2. Crowns support a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is used to, just as it’s called, bridge a gap in a person’s smile. When you have a hole in your smile from missing teeth, it’s essential to fill that space. A bridge includes clasps that are attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth – and crowns are used on those healthy teeth to anchor the bridge in place.
Crowns not only confirm the solidity and strength of a restoration like a dental bridge, they beautify the teeth they’re situated on and complete a portion of a formerly broken-down smile.
3. Crowns restore damaged teeth.
If you have a broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth, it’s a weak, dangerous component of your smile that doesn’t look good either. A crown delivers the strength that a weakened tooth needs, protecting it from further damage.
Some restorations may need to be done first, like root canal therapy or reshaping, but eventually the compromised tooth will be ready for that customized crown. Once in place, the tooth will be tough and resilient.
4. Crowns cover stains and discoloration.
Do you have one problem tooth, perhaps with tetracycline stains? Do you have a few teeth that are simply a different color than the rest of your tooth enamel? Whatever the reason for a discolored tooth, when professional teeth whitening will never make a dent, it’s time to look to cosmetic and restorative dentistry options.
A porcelain crown is carefully designed to match the rest of your teeth, so it blends in nicely with your smile. No one ever needs to know that your tooth was ever mismatched from the rest of your teeth.
Alternatives to Porcelain Crowns
Not every patient is interested in a porcelain crown for their restoration or cosmetic dentistry upgrade. Your NYC cosmetic dentist will review every viable option with you to determine what smile makeover is right for you and you alone. This could include anything from cosmetic tooth bonding to porcelain veneers.
Find out what’s right for your smile and if porcelain crowns can work for you. Schedule your appointment with NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei at his dental office on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.