There are several choices available when deciding what type of crowns are best to use, but Dr. Angela Berkovich, DMD, often suggests porcelain over other materials. Cosmetic crowns are used to enhance the visual appearance of the teeth and can provide some functional improvement for troublesome teeth as well.
Porcelain is our top choice because when it comes to blending in with your natural teeth, porcelain is virtually indistinguishable. Similar to veneers, which are thin coverings over the front of teeth, crowns can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile.
However, unlike veneers, crowns cover the whole tooth, which provides an extra layer of protection and strength. Crowns are sometimes used to protect teeth that have been damaged or are too weak to withstand normal functionality. Discomfort and pain are often associated with weak or damaged teeth, and our goal is to provide a beautiful, functional smile.
In the past, crowns were built on metal cores that enabled them to hold up to the daily demands of teeth. The shortcoming of these types of crowns is that they become easily noticeable due to the dark metal exposed. Now, advancements in porcelain materials have allowed us to make crowns entirely out of porcelain that retain all the strength and durability necessary while looking identical to a natural tooth.
Dental crowns are a very common procedure and our staff is more than happy to discuss the details of enhancing your smile with porcelain crowns.