Every smile is unique in its own way. Creating a beautiful and vibrant looking smile requires certain skills and artistic ability. In many cases a porcelain crown can recreate a natural tooth and is an excellent choice when teeth are damaged due to decay, fracture or permanent stains such as tetracycline. Crowns do not replace missing teeth but restore the shape of the original tooth with better esthetic appearance.
The How's and Why's of Porcelain Crowns
In many situations a porcelain crown is the treatment of choice for the dentist if the patient has a fractured or severely traumatized tooth, or the decay extends to a point where a filling is not an option. There are scenarios were an individual is a severe grinder or clencher. Grinding or clenching teeth usually happens during sleep and you don’t notice; it is a musculoneurological pattern. Occasionally patients that clench or grind their teeth wake up in the morning with headaches. This occurs when teeth are grinding against one another. Joints and facial muscles are stressed and as a result of fatigue the patient feels pain. When teeth are abraded or ground to a point that they are severely damaged, porcelain crowns are the treatment of choice to restore the bite and anatomy of the worn tooth. There are supplemental treatments such as wearing a night guard to prevent teeth from getting damaged.
Maintenance of a Porcelain Crown
Just like how you keep your natural teeth clean by brushing and flossing, porcelain crowns also need the same care. However, the major difference between veneers and natural teeth is the color durability. Veneers do not change color so maintaining them is very simple and easy. Professional cleaning based on your dentist’s advice is recommended for the longevity of your teeth and crowns.