Porcelain crowns are devices that cover the entire visible part of the tooth beginning at the gum line. They may be used for one of several different reasons. They can be used to return a tooth to its normal shape and size so that it blends in with the adjacent teeth. They can also be used to strengthen teeth that are cracked or have other signs of weakness. Teeth that are decayed to the point that they cannot hold a filling may be saved with the use of a dental crown. Also, a crown may be used on a tooth that has been partially broken in order to restore the full function and appearance of the tooth. Individuals who have missing teeth that are being replaced by bridges may have crowns put on the teeth on either side of the gap in order to hold the bridge in place.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials. If you are in need of one, you should review all the available options in order to pick out the one that looks and functions the best. Stainless steel is a material that is used for many crowns. However, in most cases, stainless steel is used as a temporary measure to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Porcelain crowns are ideal when it comes to getting that Hollywood smile that everyone desires.
Other metals are sometimes used for permanent crowns. Gold alloy or other alloys may be used. There is a drawback to metal. The metallic color does not make them suitable for teeth that are visible when you smile. For this reason, metal crowns are usually reserved for the teeth in the back of the mouth. Because of the appearance, some people may prefer not to use metal crowns.
There is a better choice for achieving that Hollywood smile. Porcelain crowns can be made to match the surrounding teeth in color so that they blend in perfectly. These crowns can be either porcelain that is fused to metal or all porcelain. Porcelain that is fused to metal may be a way to maintain some of the advantages of metal without having to put up with the metallic appearance.
To learn more about how porcelain crowns can give you a Hollywood smile, schedule an appointment at Andover Smiles in North Andover. We would be happy to help you achieve that award-winning smile you’ve been longing for with porcelain crowns. Contact us today to book a dental appointment.