April 5, 2014
There are plenty of options out there for improving your overall dental health and wellness following a serious case of tooth decay or tooth damage. These days, Dr. Wayne Myles combines restorative and cosmetic techniques to achieve total wellness and the best possible aesthetic results. Restorative dental care is focused on improving overall health, while cosmetic dentistry allows you to have a smile that looks its very best.
One of the great advances in cosmetic and restorative care is porcelain dental crown treatment. Let's take a moment right now to consider the various advantages and benefits of porcelain dental crowns.
About Dental Crowns
Some basics first to consider. Dental crowns are caps that help protect and strengthen a damaged tooth. When in place, the dental crown will restore the ability of the tooth to bite and chew and also protect patients from further tooth pain and sensitivity.
The Porcelain Dental Crown Difference
Traditional dental crowns were often made of metal, which made them strong but also quite unsightly. By comparison, porcelain dental crowns are made entirely of tooth-colored porcelain that is color-matched to your teeth. There are some clear benefits to this difference.
Improved Aesthetics with Porcelain Dental Crowns
With porcelain dental crowns, the dental restoration blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. When you smile, no one will be able to tell that you have a dental crown in place thanks to the natural appearance of the porcelain. This is why porcelain crowns are ideal for prominent teeth and front teeth.
Porcelain Crowns Offer Good Durability as a Restorative Option
Even though the dental crowns are made from porcelain, they are very strong and allow patients to bite and chew just as they normally would. This means patients can engage in normal activities without feel especially delicate with their teeth.
Alternatives to Porcelain Dental Crowns
While there are a number of health and aesthetic advantages to getting porcelain crowns, they may not be the ideal option for you and your needs.
Sometimes metal crowns will be best rather than porcelain crowns, though ideally these are used when patient needs crowns for molars and pre-molars. There are also dental crowns that have a metal core but are coated in tooth-colored porcelain, which combines the aesthetic and functional advantages of porcelain and metal crowns.
If you have suffered tooth damage or tooth decay that is not substantial enough to necessitate a dental crown, your best option for care will likely be an inlay or an onlay. For extreme tooth damage or tooth decay, the best option may be to extract the tooth and look into option for filling the tooth gap.
Making the Best Choices for You and Your Needs
The ideal dental crown for you and your needs will really depend on the tooth that needs to be restored, the location of the tooth along the dental arch, and also the nature of the teeth that are on the opposite dental arch. During your consultation with Dr. Myles, you will be able to learn about all of your options for care and which type of dental crown or other restorations may be most ideal for you.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about dental crowns and your many other options available for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Reston, VA cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible health, wellness, and smile appearance.
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