Atlantis Dental Crowns

Are Porcelain Crowns Bad for Your Dental Health?

What are Dental Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain Crowns are used to restore a weak tooth.  The crown completely covers the tooth and can add back all of the lost tooth structure or worn down tooth structure. Porcelain crowns are the only dental restorations that add strength to the tooth.  Best of all, porcelain crowns can be made to look indistinguishable from other natural teeth.

Why do I need a Porcelain Crown?

Porcelain Crowns are the best choice when your tooth is too weak to have a filling.  A filling requires the tooth to provide strength, but only a dental crown can add strength to the tooth.

Crowns are needed when there are cavities under the old silver amalgam fillings, the tooth is cracked or broken down, or when there is extensive dental decay that undermines the cusps of the tooth. Some patients want to save the weak remaining tooth structure and may choose alternative compromised restoration, such as a filling. While the restoration may buy some time, a filling cannot support the tooth well and will eventually break down. It is important to think in terms of longevity in regards to the type of dental care we are receiving as most people are living longer than ever before.

What are the types of Dental Crowns?

Gold Crowns

Gold crowns have several advantages over all other dental crown types. First, gold crowns add strength to your tooth with the least amount of tooth structure lost. Gold crowns can be made thin and yet very strong. These crowns wear much like your natural tooth structure so they harmonize with the rest of your teeth over years of wear. Gold crowns do not wear down the opposing tooth and will never break. Gold crowns are the longest lasting crowns and best for the molars in the far back of your mouth because these provide most of the chewing power. 

Gold Dental Crowns or Gold on the biting surface are the longest lasting crowns

Dental Crowns or Gold on the biting surface are the longest lasting crowns

Porcelain Fused to Gold Crowns

Porcelain fused to gold dental crowns have the advantages of both gold and porcelain. The gold core is thin and covers the tooth to provide strength and durability and the porcelain covers the gold to make the tooth look natural. This is the strongest of all of the porcelain crowns made today. For a patient that has severe tooth grinding, the porcelain fused to gold dental crown can have porcelain on the outside of the tooth for cosmetic dentistry benefits and a gold biting surface for optimal strength.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns should be done by an expert cosmetic dentist to prevent dark black lines at the gum line. Again, the skill of the dentist and ceramist team can deliver a natural looking porcelain fused to gold crown that is very strong, looks natural and provide years and years of comfort, esthetics and strength for the patient.

All Porcelain Crowns

This includes dental crowns such as Lava Dental Crowns, Empress Crowns, Procera Crowns, Captek Crowns, Porcelain Jacket Crowns, Zirconium Procera Crowns, G3 Pressed Dental Crowns, have the advantage of great esthetics. All porcelain crowns or Solid Porcelain crowns are easier for the ceramist to make the crowns look natural. However, the disadvantages of solid porcelain crowns are that they break much easier. Over the years the porcelain can fatigue and eventually break especially if the dentist is not highly skilled in balancing the occlusion or the bite. The skill of the dentist is critical in all phases of dentistry and is far more important than the type of dental crown utilized.

Porcelain Crowns and Biologic Compatibility (Dental Allergies)

Porcelain Crowns are biologically compatible.

All Porcelain crowns as Procera crowns are the most biologically compatible crowns available today. Some of the latest research ranks all porcelain dental crowns as 99% biologically compatible, which means they have fewer allergy problems. Because very few patients have allergies to gold or to porcelain, many dental offices offer inexpensive dental crowns that have non-precious metals inside them that contribute to allergic reactions. 

Porcelain Crowns are biologically compatible

All porcelain crowns are natural looking, strong enough for the front teeth, can give your smile any color, any shape and any type of smile. These porcelain crowns have a surface texture added to break up the light to give a more natural appearance. Many patients want white teeth and sometimes adding surface texture makes white teeth look more natural. In this patient’s case, her entire face was lengthened with porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers.

Dental Crowns and Root Canals

Do teeth get more root canals if they have dental crowns? The answer is a conditional yes!

A dental crown, however, is not the cause of a root canal; the reason the dental crown was required in the first place may be why the tooth needs a root canal. Root canals become more likely if there is a deep cavity. Crowns are done on teeth with deep cavities in efforts to prevent a root canal on an already weakened tooth. Teeth with crowns are not more likely to need root canals because of the damage to the natural tooth structure exists before the crown was ever made.

Can Dental porcelain crowns make my crooked tooth look straight? Yes!

Can Porcelain crowns make my teeth look whiter? Yes!

Can Porcelain crowns lengthen my teeth? Yes!

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