The strength and stunning appearance of dental crowns made from porcelain
Dental crowns are an important part of our practice in Los Alamitos, California. This procedure can be used to restore the structure of broken, severely decayed, or deeply infected teeth. Crowns may also be appropriate to restore the appearance of poorly-shaped or worn teeth. These teeth may not be good candidates for cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding.
For a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles
We live up to our tagline at Los Alamitos Dental Care. As partners in your oral health, we strive to provide lifelong dental care by exceeding expectations. We ensure that all of the individuals who partner with us are aware of their treatment options to enhance their smiles’ aesthetics. In turn, we know they will make a well-informed decision that is in the best interest of their health and well-being.
Crowns may be made from a variety of dental materials. These materials include metals like gold and ceramics such as porcelain. Crowns may even be made from a combination of metal and ceramic; for instance, porcelain may overlay a strong metal core.
Porcelain is a popular material for many restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Enamel covers and protects your teeth. It reflects light a certain way and has a characteristic translucency. Furthermore, it is quite strong (stronger than skeletal bone, in fact!).
Porcelain is considered to be the next closest thing to natural enamel. It replicates many properties of enamel. So, patients have peace of mind that their teeth will look natural. It can also be perfectly color-matched to blend in with the surrounding natural structure of the tooth to be treated and the neighboring teeth.
Generally, porcelain does not stain. It is highly durable, too. But, just like natural enamel, porcelain is not indestructible. Porcelain is vulnerable to damage that can threaten the structural integrity of the crown and the natural tooth underneath it. Changes in the appearance of your crowns can be symptomatic of health problems with the treated teeth. They may also be caused by behaviors and habits. For instance, porcelain can wear away like natural enamel. Our dental team works with you to ensure you get the most out of your porcelain crowns and that they look, feel, and function great for years to come.
Good habits to maintain or get into include:
- Of course, don’t skimp on good brushing and flossing at home.
- Visit us as directed by one of our dentists. Routine cleanings and polishings are a “must” to keep your crown healthy and looking its best.
- While strong, porcelain is not as flexible as natural tooth structure. We encourage you to minimize or refrain from habits such as eating lots of sticky, crunchy, or hard foods. It’s a good practice to munch on tooth-friendly foods anyway!
- Protecting your dental work with oral appliances, such as custom-fit night guards. These devices slip over the teeth. They cushion the blow placed on the porcelain if you habitually grind your teeth.
Are you concerned that chips, gaps, and other imperfections are detracting from your brilliant smile? Let’s chat! Call (562) 539-0011 to schedule a consultation with one of the skilled dentists at Los Alamitos Dental Care. Or, for your convenience, you may request an appointment online.