When a tooth has suffered extensive decay or damage, our dentists recommend placing a dental crown. This reinforces and strengthens the tooth while protecting it from future damage and decay-causing bacteria. To ensure your tooth remains both strong and beautiful, we use custom-made porcelain crowns. Although there are a variety of different materials available for dental crowns, our dentists can explain the many porcelain crown benefits during your visit to our Wilmington, DE, office.
When a Dental Crown Is Needed
In restorative dentistry, we prefer to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. When we detect cavities early, we can repair them with a filling rather than a crown. This saves more of your tooth’s healthy structures. In some cases, a tooth is too decayed or damaged, making a filling inadequate.
When we are unable to repair your tooth with a filling, we will recommend a dental crown instead. A crown will fit over your damaged or decayed tooth, restoring functionality to your bite. It also strengthens the remaining healthy portions of the tooth and protects it from future damage and decay.
The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Crowns offer many benefits, including:
Porcelain crowns offer many benefits over traditional metal crowns. One of these benefits is strength. While metal crowns are strong and durable, porcelain crowns can match the strength and durability of your natural teeth. A custom-made crown offers greater strength and reinforcement for your damaged tooth. You will enjoy a stronger and more functional bite with a porcelain crown. Provided you maintain good oral hygiene and care for your teeth properly, a porcelain crown can last a decade or more.
One of the biggest concerns with any restorative treatment is how it will impact the appearance of your smile. Our porcelain crowns are custom-made from a block of porcelain that perfectly matches your surrounding teeth. Porcelain is also one of the most lifelike restorative materials available. This ensures your crown is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. A porcelain crown will not only strengthen your smile, but it will also preserve the aesthetics of your smile.
Thanks to our CEREC® technology, we can provide same-day porcelain crowns for many of our patients. When you arrive for your appointment, we will take digital impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then used to carefully design a crown that is completely customized to your bite. After selecting a shade of porcelain that will blend with the rest of your smile, the machine will begin fabricating the crown. The end result is a beautiful, customized porcelain crown that we can create and place in just a single appointment.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
If you are suffering from a sore or painful tooth, you may need a crown to repair and protect the tooth. The only way to find out if you need a dental crown is to contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our esteemed dentists. We will assess the decay or damage your tooth has suffered and determine which restorative treatment will provide you with the greatest benefit.